Dry Eyes Specialist

Specs Appeal

Optometry located in St. George, UT & Mesquite, NV

An estimated 16 million Americans experience persistent irritation and redness from dry eyes. At Specs Appeal, Chad Waggoner, OD, and Reed Gibb, OD, offer the most up-to-date diagnostic testing and FDA-approved treatments for dry eyes. They provide comprehensive eye exams to identify the cause of dry eyes and customize a care plan to treat your symptoms quickly. Call the office in St. George, Utah, today to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for dry eyes, or book a consultation online.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What causes dry eyes?

Dry eyes are a common disease that develops when your natural tear production doesn’t properly lubricate your eyes.

Your tears consist of fatty oils, mucus, and aqueous fluids. They help moisturize the surface of your eyes and keep your vision clear. If there are any issues in the tear layers, your eyes may frequently feel dry and irritated.

Common causes of dry eye can include:

  • Allergies
  • Inflamed eyelids
  • Hormone changes
  • Autoimmune disease

You may also develop dry eyes because of age-related changes in your eyes that affect your ability to produce tears or because the tears you do make evaporate too quickly.

Your risk factors for dry eyes increases if you are older than 50, are female, or have certain vitamin deficiencies because of a poor diet. You may also be at a higher risk for developing dry eyes if you wear contact lenses or have a history of LASIK or other refractive surgeries.

When should I seek treatment for dry eyes?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation for dry eyes if you have symptoms that affect your vision or quality of life. Common symptoms of dry eyes can include:

  • Eye redness
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Stinging or burning
  • Discharge of mucus from the eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Discomfort wearing contact lenses
  • Difficulty driving at night

To prevent damage to your eyes, Dr. Waggoner and Dr. Gibb provide comprehensive eye exams to evaluate your tear function and your overall ocular health. Based on the results of tear testing and vision screenings, the providers customize a treatment plan to relieve irritation and dryness.

How are dry eyes treated?

Specs Appeal offers the most up-to-date, FDA-approved methods, treatments, and medications to help treat dry eye.

If your symptoms of dry eyes are mild, you may be able to improve your eye comfort and vision with over-the-counter artificial tears.

When artificial tears aren’t enough to address your symptoms, you may need prescription eye drops to moisturize your eyes. There are also medicated eye drops available to reduce inflammation and treat eye infections that cause dry eyes.

If you aren’t producing adequate tears, Dr. Waggoner and Dr. Gibb may prescribe tear-stimulating drugs or eye inserts that dissolve slowly and release a substance to lubricate your eyes.

The providers may also recommend lifestyle and diet changes to correct vitamin deficiencies that contribute to dry eyes.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for dry eyes, call the Specs Appeal office nearest to you today, or book a consultation online.