Dry eye is more than a momentary annoyance; for many individuals, it represents a genuine threat to their ocular health and quality of life. Chronically dry eyes can cause constant redness, irritation and vision problems and in the worst-case scenario, they can sustain serious or even permanent damage. If you’re concerned about the dangers and discomforts of dry eye syndrome, you’ll be delighted to know that here at RevolutionEYES, our optometrists in Carmel, Dr. Ciano and Dr. Schuetz, offer a variety of solutions to soothe and protect your eyes.

Our Optometrists Can Soothe Dry Eyes

The human eye is a delicate structure that requires constant hydration, lubrication and protection against environmental irritants. The tears produced by your tear glands and distributed by your tear ducts aren’t just water — they’re a balanced mixture of water, oils and mucin (a type of mucus). This mixture spreads across the front of the eye as a protective yet perfectly translucent tear film. Unfortunately, many things can interfere with your tear film balance and/or the quantity of tears you produce. These issues may include:

  • Medications such as antihistamines that have a drying effect
  • A natural side-effect of the aging process
  • Injured, diseased or damaged tear glands or tear ducts
  • Autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome) and other chronic medical conditions
  • Complications from LASIK surgery
  • Use of ceiling fans in the bedroom during sleep
  • Allergies
  • Lack of blinking due to staring at a computer monitor all day
  • Inflammation from eyelid bacteria (a problem known as blepharitis)
  • Deficiencies of Vitamin A or omega-3 fatty acids

When your eyes aren’t properly protected by tear film, they may become reddened, itchy, painful or “gritty” feeling. You may also experience a thick discharge and blurred vision. If your eyes remain dry, they can become damaged by bacteria and foreign bodies until the corneas are scratched and ulcerated.

Our Carmel optometrists, Dr. Ciano and Dr. Schuetz, can help you resolve your dry eye issues. Our first step is to examine your tear production and tear film consistency to see whether your body is producing the right quantities of substances in the right ratios.

Dry Eye Products in Carmel and Surrounding Areas

Our skilled team can prescribe state-of-the-art products for dry eye patients in the Carmel area to keep eyes lubricated and protected.

If you’re taking medications that interfere with this ability, our Carmel optometrists may recommend that you ask your doctor about alternative medications. We can also recommend lifestyle changes such as sleeping without the ceiling fan on, taking more breaks at work to let your eyes blink more frequently.

Call RevolutionEYES at (317) 844-2020 today for your dry eye treatment. We’re the dry eye experts!