Dry Eye Treatment
in St. Louis, MO
Our Approach to Dry Eye at Erker’s Fine Eyewear
Since 1879, Erker’s Fine Eyewear has dedicated itself to helping our patients enjoy the gift of clear vision, offering both exceptional eyewear and compassionate eye care. This includes our thorough approach to diagnosing and treating dry eye disease.
What Is Dry Eye Disease?
Dry eye disease is a common eye condition that causes uncomfortable symptoms, including dehydrated, itchy, and irritated eyes. This condition is the result of your eyes either producing low-quality tears, or simply not enough of them. Our skilled optometrist can identify the signs of dry eye, determine its root cause, and set you on a targeted treatment plan.
Are you Experiencing Symptoms of Dry Eye?
Regardless of what causes your dry eye disease, the condition has a few common symptoms, including:
- A burning and stinging sensation in the eyes
- Blurry vision
- Teary or watery eyes
- A scratchy or gritty feeling
- Redness or irritation
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses comfortably
- Eye mucus
Dry Eye Comes in Different Forms
The two main types of dry eye disease are aqueous and evaporative. Both types produce similar symptoms but have different underlying causes, usually due to an issue with the glands responsible for healthy tear production. Aqueous dry eye occurs when the eye’s lacrimal gland isn’t producing enough tears to keep your eyes hydrated. Evaporative dry eye occurs when the meibomian glands, which produce oil for your tears, become blocked. Without this necessary oil component, your tears will then evaporate too quickly.
Get Relief from Your Dry Eye Disease at Erker’s!
Our highly trained eye doctors won’t only identify the signs of dry eye but will also determine the root cause of your case. We’ll then customize a dry eye treatment plan that targets the condition at its source to provide you with fast relief.