Eye diseases and conditions like dry eyes can affect your vision and cause lifelong discomfort. Dr. Burrell, Dr. Stumpf and Dr. Vrotsos of Centennial Eye & Cosmetic Associates is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eyes so you can get lasting relief. Located in Aurora, Colorado, Dr. Burrell and her caring, friendly team provide state-of-the-art treatment for dry eyes and a variety of other medical eye conditions. Call or schedule an appointment online to take the first step toward healthier eyes and improved vision.
Dry Eyes Q & A
What is dry eye syndrome?
When the normal flow of tears over your eyes is interrupted in some way, or your tear film is abnormal, you may suffer from the condition known as dry eye syndrome. If your tears don’t provide enough moisture for your eyes, you may experience chronic symptoms like:
- A gritty, itchy feeling in your eyes
- Eye redness and irritation
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
If left untreated, dry eyes can become highly uncomfortable and affect your ability to perform daily tasks or keep you from participating in activities you enjoy.
What causes dry eyes?
The cause of your dry eyes may be environmental, such as an air conditioner or heater that makes your home or office extremely dry. These things can dry out your tear film and contribute to symptoms of dry eye syndrome. Additionally, factors including the natural aging process, especially menopause in women, or the side effects of some medications can also dry out your eyes.
Certain diseases including Sjogren’s syndrome, collagen vascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis can all contribute to dry eye syndrome. Another reason you might have dry eyes is if your eyelids don’t close properly. Any time your body doesn’t produce enough quality tears to lubricate your eyes, you may experience the symptoms of dry eye syndrome.
Dr. Burrell, Dr. Stumpf and Dr. Vrotsos examine your eyes and determines the cause so she can offer you the most effective treatment options.
How is dry eye syndrome treated?
Artificial tear drops and ointments are the most common way to treat dry eyes. The drops restore moisture to your eyes and relieve the uncomfortable symptoms. If you have chronically dry eyes, you’ll most likely have to use the drops on a regular basis to keep your eyes moist. Some drops help your eyes produce more tears, too.
In some cases, blocking the tear ducts with a tiny plug, or through a surgical procedure to close the ducts, keeps natural tears in your eyes so they can provide lubrication. Dr. Burrell, Dr. Stumpf and Dr. Vrotsos will advise you regarding the best treatment options for your particular condition.
If you’re experiencing dry eyes that don’t seem to get better with over-the-counter eye drops, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Burrell, Dr. Stumpf and Dr. Vrotsos at the Aurora locations.