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Dry Eyes Specialist

Elizabeth MacDonald, OD -  - Optometrist

Elizabeth MacDonald, OD

Optometrist & Ophthalmologist located in Maitland, FL

As many as 49 million Americans have dry eyes. Hunter Vision optometrist Elizabeth MacDonald, OD, understands how aggravating dry eyes can be, so she offers customized treatments to help you live comfortably while avoiding future issues. Call the Maitland, Florida, office or schedule a consultation online for quality dry eyes treatment today.

Dry Eyes Q & A

What are dry eyes?

Dry eyes are a chronic eye condition that affects up to 15% of Americans today. When you have dry eyes, your eyes don't have enough moisture. This can happen for two main reasons. 

Too few tears

The glands that produce tears may not make enough tears for several reasons, including aging, systemic disease, hormone imbalance, and medication. 

Poor quality tears

You may produce enough tears, but if the tears lack certain components, they can't nourish your eyes properly. Healthy tears include a water layer, an oil layer to prevent drying, and a mucin layer to smooth tears over the eye; any imbalance can cause dry eyes.

Dry eyes can be very uncomfortable. If left untreated, dry eyes can become a long-term issue that causes serious vision problems. 

How are dry eyes diagnosed?

The Hunter Vision specialists perform a comprehensive eye exam to check for dry eyes, diabetic eye disease, and other serious problems within your eyes. Your exam includes a medical history, lifestyle assessment, external and internal eye exam, and imaging tests. 

Hunter Vision uses cutting-edge imaging tests to examine your eyelids and corneas and check for underlying issues. You may also have a test to check your tear production and tear quality.

After combining these test results, the specialists can diagnose dry eyes and make a specific treatment plan for you. 

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Dry eye symptoms may seem obvious since the problem is in the name. But, in many cases, that's just the beginning of the issues. You may also experience:

  • Red eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Gritty sensation in your eyes
  • Sore eyes
  • Light sensitivity

It's common to have many of these issues at one time, although your symptoms can fluctuate according to the time of day and other factors. 

How are dry eyes treated?

Hunter Vision offers many treatment options for dry eyes, such as: 

  • Eyelid massage
  • Warm compresses
  • Eyelid cleaners
  • Artificial tears to replace your tears
  • Eye drops to stimulate tear production
  • Blocking tear ducts 
  • Surgery to close tear ducts 

After evaluating your symptoms and discussing your lifestyle with you, the Hunter Vision specialists may also recommend lifestyle changes such as wearing sunglasses consistently, drinking more water, and taking nutritional supplements containing fatty acids. 

If dry eyes frequently interrupt your activities or make you feel awful, call Hunter Vision or schedule an appointment online today.