Chicagoland Dry Eye

End Dry Eye Irritation

The eye doctors of Vision Source Chicagoland care about the health and comfort of your eyes. We know dry eyes are not just annoying; they can affect the quality of your life. That's why we're dedicated to providing comprehensive care for patients suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome. We can relieve the burning, itching and red eyes that result from Dry Eye Syndrome and help you enjoy clearer, more comfortable vision.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome is a chronic condition that can interfere with your work and leisure activities. There are many factors that contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome, including living in hot, windy climates, smoke, smog, air conditioning, and using a computer for more than two hours a day. Gender and age can also play a part; women have increased risk of getting dry eye syndrome, and both men and women become increasingly susceptible to dry eyes as they age. The medications you take can also contribute to dry eye syndrome, including commonly prescribed medications such as antihistamines, some anti-depressants, birth control pills, hormone therapy, and blood pressure medication.

Comprehensive Treatment for Dry Eyes

  • Comprehensive Eye Health Exam
  • Lubricating Eye Drops
  • Prescription Eye Drops (Restasis┬«)
  • Lacrimal Occlusion with Punctal Plugs
  • Lubricating Inserts Placed Under the Eyelid
  • Specialized Contact Lenses
  • Occupational Eyewear
  • Prescription Sunglasses A Sight for Sore Eyes

Frequently Asked Questions

The symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome are often confused with those of other eye conditions. Learn more about Dry Eye Syndrome with these answers to frequently asked questions.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry Eye Syndrome is a chronic condition that occurs when the eyes produce too few tears or the eyes make tears of such poor quality that they don't stay on the eye. Some people with Dry Eye Syndrome may actually have an abundance of poor quality tears that run down their cheeks, but fail to properly moisturize the eyes.

What are the symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome?

Burning, irritable eyes are common symptoms. You also might feel like something is actually scratching your eyes.

What causes Dry Eye Syndrome?

Gender, medications, climate, computer use, and allergies can factor into Dry Eye Syndrome. Age affects your body's ability to make tears, although with women this is more pronounced. There are three times as many women as men with Dry Eye Syndrome, and your chances of having Dry Eye Syndrome increase after the age of 50. Studies show that certain medications can also cause dry eye syndrome, including: hormone therapy, blood pressure medicines, birth control pills, antihistamines and some anti-depressants.

Is it true that climate and lifestyle can contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome?

Yes. If you live in a dry, dusty, or windy climate, this can contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome. Other things that contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome include air conditioning and heating systems (especially if the vent blows directly on the face). Activities like staring at a computer screen too long also contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome.

How is Dry Eye Syndrome treated?

You have several options. First, you can try using over-the-counter lubricating drops (artificial tears) that will lessen the symptoms of sore, dry, scratchy eyes. If this doesn't help, your eye doctor can prescribe prescription eye drops, which will actually increase your eyes' tear production. Finally, you have the option of medical procedures to treat your Dry Eye Syndrome. Your eye doctor can perform a procedure called a lacrimal occlusion, which will prevent tears from draining out of your eyes too quickly by closing up the tear ducts. This can be a temporary or permanent procedure.