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If your eyes are constantly dry and irritated, you could have dry eye syndrome. At ProEye Vision Center, we know how uncomfortable and frustrating this condition can be. That is why we offer effective treatment options to help you find relief and improve your overall eye health. Our dry eye specialists in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska can determine the underlying cause of your dry eye syndrome and develop a treatment plan that suits your needs.  

What is dry eye?    

Dry eye syndrome happens when your eyes don’t make the right quantity or quality of tears. This can cause a range of symptoms, including itchiness, redness, sensitivity to light, a burning or stinging sensation, feeling like there’s something stuck in your eyes, and trouble wearing contact lenses. If left untreated, this condition can lead to complications such as scarring and vision loss.  

What causes dry eye?    

The most common cause of dry eye is meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). MGD happens when the meibomian glands in your eyelids become blocked and can’t produce enough oil to keep your eyes lubricated.   

Other causes of dry eye include:  

  • Hormonal changes (including during pregnancy and menopause)
  • Certain medications such as antihistamines, antidepressants, and decongestants
  • Certain medical conditions including Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus
  • Living in smoky or dry environments
  • Long-term use of contact lenses
  • Undergoing refractive eye surgery such as LASIK
  • Excess screen time

How is dry eye diagnosed in Omaha & Lincoln, NE?    

During a comprehensive eye exam at ProEye Vision Center, our eye doctor can perform various tests to evaluate the production and composition of your tears. We will also look at your eyelids and the surface of your eyes to figure out the underlying cause of your symptoms. After the exam, if we detect signs of dry eye, we can recommend the best treatment options for your specific case.  

How do you treat dry eye syndrome?   

Our goal is to identify the underlying cause and treat it. For milder cases, lifestyle changes or eye drops may be enough to provide relief. We can recommend over-the-counter or prescription options depending on the severity of your symptoms. If these methods fail to work, we can suggest more advanced treatment options such as punctal plugs (to keep tears from draining away), therapy, or even surgery.  

Schedule a dry eye exam in Omaha or Lincoln, NE 

Dry eye can get worse over time, so it’s important to get prompt treatment to prevent long-term issues. If you’re dealing with dry eye, our experts are here to help you identify the root cause and discover effective solutions. Schedule an appointment today for a consultation with our dry eye specialists in Omaha or Lincoln, Nebraska.