The “dry eye,” or keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), is one of the most common ocular conditions affecting patients. It affects 15-20% of the adult population in the U.S. Millions of Americans suffer from dry eye.
There are two main causes: decreased secretion of tears by the lacrimal (tear-producing) glands and loss of tears due to excess evaporation. Both can lead to eye discomfort, often described as feelings of dryness, burning, a sandy/gritty sensation, or itchiness. Visual fatigue, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision are also characteristics of dry eye.
These symptoms also can be a sign of other eye problems.
If you have any of these symptoms, call our San Antonio office at ☎ (210) 806-0022 or contact us online to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Baribeau.
The doctor may use tests to assess tear production, tear stability, and tear distribution. A slit-lamp examination using dyes that temporarily stain unhealthy tissue will reveal any abnormality or damage to the ocular surface. These tests typically cause little discomfort and are performed in the doctor’s office.
Treatment options for dry eye depend on its causes and severity, so it is important to be examined by an eye doctor who is trained to diagnose and treat ocular diseases like Dr. Baribeau.
Call our office at ☎ (210) 806-0022 or contact us online and to request your consultation!
Baribeau Cataract and Laser
4025 East Southcross Blvd, Building 4, Suite 20
San Antonio, TX 78222
Phone: (210) 806-0022