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If you've ever experienced dry itchy eyes, you probably understand how uncomfortable a dry eye condition can be. There are many different possible causes for dry eyes, and our optometry staff at New Vision Optical in Wilmette IL considers it part of our mission to help people get to the bottom of their uncomfortable symptoms.
Dry eye syndrome occurs when a person doesn't produce enough tears, doesn't produce adequate quality tears, or a combination of the two. Insufficient and inadequate tears impair the quality of the tear film, which normally covers the outsides of the eyes in a thin layer and is important for moisture and protection.
There are a variety of different reasons why dry eye may occur, some more serious than others:
Risk factors for dry eye syndrome include advancing age, smoking, certain medications, environmental changes, hormonal changes (particularly in women), long-term contact use, excessive screen time on a computer, other underlying health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, and a history of eye injury or surgery.
People with dry eyes often complain of the following:
Correct treatment depends on accurate diagnosis to determine the underlying cause, because without addressing this then symptom relief will be likely less effective. At our optometry clinic, our Wilmette optometrist team uses a combination of patient history, vision and eye tests, and tear assessment. Based on the exam, we can employ treatments such as:
Contact our optometry clinic in Wilmette, IL today at 847-251-3330 to schedule your appointment! We are located at 120 Skokie Blvd.
Want to give a shout out to Patrick Takata at New Vision. Stopped in for a minor repair on my sunglasses and not only did he take care of it right away, he did it for no charge. I would highly recommend this business!