Dry Eyes

Akers Eyecare Center

Frank Akers II, OD

Optometrist located in Mesa, AZ

As many as five million Americans suffer from dry eyes. If you’re among those with the burning and itching eye irritation and live in Mesa, Arizona, contact optometrist, Dr. Frank Akers II, for relief. He determines the underlying causes of the condition and helps you manage the symptoms. Call the office of Akers Eyecare Center or use the online booking agent to set up an appointment to alleviate your dry eye symptoms.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What causes dry eyes?

You have glands behind the upper eyelid that produce tears that help your eyeballs stay moist. As you blink, these tears bathe your eye. Dry eyes occur when your tear glands fail to make enough tears, or the quality of the tears is poor and they evaporate too quickly.

Certain medical conditions, such as the autoimmune diseases of lupus and Sjögren’s syndrome, can cause dry eyes. You’re also more susceptible to dry eyes as you age.

Other potential reasons you have dry eyes:

  • Long-term use of contact lenses
  • Exposure to a dry or smoky environment
  • Antihistamine use
  • After effects of eye surgery, including LASIK
  • Hormonal fluctuations, especially in women

The use of certain medications, such as beta blockers or sleeping pills, can also cause dry eyes.

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Without adequate tear production, your eyes have trouble eliminating pollutants and dust and they get irritated easily. You may experience any of the following:

  • Redness in the eyes and eyelids
  • Burning, itching, and stinging
  • Discomfort while wearing contacts
  • Light sensitivity and compromised night vision
  • Feelings of extreme wateriness in the eyes followed by periods of extreme dryness

How are dry eyes treated?

Dr. Akers does a thorough examination to find the underlying cause of your dry eyes. In mild cases, artificial tears -- self-administered up to four times per day -- offer relief. You may also need a prescription eye drop to stimulate tear production.

Lifestyle adaptations, such as wearing sunglasses to protect from wind and sun and taking breaks during computer work, may also help ease the discomfort of dry eyes. You may also benefit from adding more omega-3 fatty acids to your diet.

If your dry eyes are due to an inflammatory condition, Dr. Akers may prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug to help alleviate your symptoms. In some cases of dry eyes, Dr. Akers may recommend tear duct plugs. These tiny plugs placed in the openings of your tear ducts help prevent excessive draining of your tears, so your eyes stay moist.

Don’t tolerate the discomfort and vision changes associated with dry eyes. Contact Akers Eyecare Center for relief today.