Dry Eyes

Tears are an extremely vital part to clear vision and your overall eye health. Dry eye is a condition where your eyes don’t produce enough tears, or the tears that your eyes do produce don’t have the proper chemical composition. Dry eye can often occur as part of the natural aging process, but can also be caused by blinking or eyelid problems, antihistamines, oral contraceptives, antidepressants, dry climate, wind or dust, general health problems like arthritis or Sjogren’s syndrome, or chemical or thermal burns to your eyes.

Dry eye symptoms include:
  • Irritated, scratchy, dry, uncomfortable, or red eyes
  • Burning sensation
  • Feeling like something foreign is in your eyes
  • Blurred vision


Excessive dry eyes can damage the eye tissue, scar your cornea, or impair your vision and make it difficult to wear contact lenses.

Symptoms and Treatment of Dry Eyes

If you are experiencing symptoms of dry eye, visit Big Bend Family Eye Care in Tallahassee today for a comprehensive eye exam. Dry eye can’t be cured, but our specialists can prescribe treatment that will keep your eyes healthy and see to it that your vision goes unaffected.

Prescribed treatments can be as simple as blinking more frequently, using artificial tears and moisturizing ointment, or simply increasing the humidity in your home. More severe treatment recommendations can range from inserting small plugs in the corner of the eyes in order to slow tear drainage to surgically closing the drainage ducts altogether.

If you are experiencing dry eye syndrome, call the professional optometrists at Big Bend Family Eye Care today at (850) 999-6926 to schedule an appointment.