Personalized Dry Eye Solutions
Whether you’re relaxing at home, spending time with friends on a beautiful afternoon, or burning the midnight oil at work, we rely on having comfortable vision to enjoy our days.
But if you struggle with dry eye, it can be challenging to make the most of any moment, let alone the moments you enjoy.
We’re here to help you take control of your eye comfort. Our mission is to get you back to enjoying life with clarity and comfort using comprehensive diagnostic technologies and tried-and-true treatment techniques. The first step is booking an eye exam, and you can book your next one today at Indianola Vision Center.Book Appointment
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a condition that affects either the quantity or quality of tears you produce. As a result, the eyes become dry and irritated, leading to discomfort and even blurry vision.
Left untreated, dry eye can cause long-term damage to the eyes. By managing the issue early, we can help preserve your quality of life while keeping your vision clear and comfortable.
Dry Eye Risk Factors
Some of the most common risk factors for dry eye include:
- Prolonged digital screen use
- Spending time in air-conditioned or windy environments
- Medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Sjögren’s syndrome
- Certain medications like antihistamines, antidepressants, and oral contraceptives
Dry Eye Symptoms
Common dry eye symptoms include:
- Irritated, burning eyes
- Blurred vision and light sensitivity
- Watery eyes
- Stringy mucus around the eyes
- A gritty or sandy sensation in the eyes
- Eye redness
Your Lifestyle & Preventing Dry Eye Symptoms
If you work with digital screens or spend lots of time in dry, dusty, or windy conditions, you might have a higher chance of experiencing dry eye symptoms.
Fortunately, there are ways to manage your risk without affecting your lifestyle.
Regularly taking breaks from digital screens and avoiding air-conditioned or windy environments can help. Wearing sunglasses and protective eyewear when outdoors can also help shield the eyes from harsh elements.
If necessary, talk to our team about taking medications that may help with dry eyes.
How We Help Manage Dry Eye
The first step toward managing your dry eye is to visit us for an eye exam. During your eye exam, we’ll use a few different diagnostic tests to determine the scope of your dry eye symptoms before recommending a treatment strategy.
In advanced cases, we can happily refer you to a specialist to help you get the support you need.
OptiLight IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy is a light-based, noninvasive treatment done in the area below the eyes to manage dry eye. The first and only IPL FDA-approved for dry eye management.
The treatment is safe, gentle, and is backed by more than 20 clinical studies.
Please visit our OptiLight IPL page for more information.
Eye drops are often the first choice for managing dry eye symptoms. These drops hydrate your eyes and help support your tear film to help deliver lasting relief.
Sometimes, we can prescribe medicated eye drops to help manage moderate to severe dry eye situations.
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Find us on West Salem Avenue, at the southwest corner of the town square.