Summertime Chronic Dry Eye Relief

Woman rubbing her eyes standing outdoors in a parkSummertime days and nights can cause occasional dry eye symptoms to flare up – even in environmentally moist Portland, OR. When your dry eye is persistent, it should be addressed by a medical professional to rule out a serious internal condition. Natural tear production requires an internal chemical balance to efficiently lubricate the eyes.

Symptoms of Dry Eye Needing to be Medically Addressed

Unexplained, prolonged dry eye symptoms are not normal and should be examined at The Eye Clinic.

Seek help from Drs. Wilkens or Donohue when you have these drawn-out symptoms of chronic dry eye:

  • Red eyes
  • Eye fatigue
  • Light sensitivity
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Poor nighttime driving vision
  • Contact lens discomfort
  • End of day overall fatigue
  • Tension headaches
  • Neck and shoulder stiffness

Chronic Dry Eye Diagnostic Basics

A Schirmer tear test will be performed to evaluate your eyes and their tear production quality.

After gathering and assessing your account of dry eye symptoms – including factors making them worse on any given day – a comprehensive eye examination will be performed. This exam includes a history of your health to rule out whether your dry eye is caused by a medical condition or medication.

The following tests typically performed will include:

  • The Schirmer test is used to measure the amount of tears soaking a blotter placed under the eye.
  • Using eyedrops containing a special dye to evaluate the overall condition of the eyes. Staining patterns on the corneas are measured to determine the length of time for evaporation of tears.

At-Home Remedies to Alleviate Chronic Dry Eye

Managing your environment and lifestyle can help relieve chronic dry eye exponentially.

Some easy tips from The Eye Clinic are:

  • Wear UV protection sunglasses – preferably wraparound style and polarized lenses to block intense sunlight.
  • Wear a hat to up the level of protection between your eyes and the sun.
  • Avoid air blowing into your eyes.
  • Use a humidifier – especially at night.
  • Stop smoking – nicotine is a known dry eye contributor.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption outdoors.
  • Use artificial tears regularly.

It’s Easy to Get Help for Your Dry Eye Condition

Your chronic dry eye condition can be diagnosed and treated at The Eye Clinic in Portland, OR. Call 503-297-4718 to schedule your consultation today.

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