The Eye Gallery

Dry Eye Therapy in Wichita

Book Appointment

Symptoms of Dry Eyes

Dry eye symptoms usually affect both eyes and can include:

  • Stinging, burning, or scratchy eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision
  • Eye fatigue
  • Redness
  • Stringy mucus in the eyes
  • Excessive eye watering (a response to the irritation of dry eyes)
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Discomfort while wearing contact lenses

What Causes Dry Eyes?

Ultimately, dry eyes occur when your tears don’t provide sufficient lubrication for your eyes, although there are many reasons why dry eyes initially develop:

How Our Tears Work

You may not think about them all that often, but our tears are essential for maintaining our ocular health and helping us see clearly. Not only do they help focus the light that enters our eyes, but they also protect our eyes from infection, keep them clean of dirt and debris, and nourish them.

Our tears are made of 3 layers:

  • The lipid (oily) layer keeps the tears from evaporating too quickly and keeps the surface of the eyes smooth.
  • The aqueous (watery) layer keeps the eyes wet and comfortable and nourishes the eye tissue.
  • The mucin (mucus) layer helps the tears stick to the surface of the eyes.

Tears are produced in the tear glands above your eyes, are spread across the eyes’ surfaces every time you blink, and then drain into your tear ducts or down your nose and face. Dry eyes occur when there’s an imbalance in the makeup of your tears, if they evaporate too quickly, or there’s a decrease in tear production.

Diagnosing & Treating Dry Eyes

Dry eyes are easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. Because treatment depends entirely on the kind of dry eyes you have, we focus on a thorough understanding of the root cause of your dry eyes. The results of these tests will allow us to determine the source of your dry eyes and put together a fully customized treatment plan and provide you with the relief you so need.

A dry eye evaluation includes:

  • A self-evaluation called the Standard Patient Evaluation of Eye Dryness Questionnaire (SPEED). It’s a subjective evaluation by the patient of their own dry eye symptoms. This questionnaire assigns a score between 0 to 28 based on 8 items that assess frequency and severity of symptoms.
  • A comprehensive eye exam, including a complete family and ocular history and discussion of lifestyle or environmental factors contributing to your dry eyes.
  • A measurement of the volume of your tears using the Schirmer test. This test involves placing blotting strips under your lower eyelids to determine your tear production. Although this test won’t tell us why you have dry eyes, it will confirm that you do indeed have dry eyes.
  • A test to determine the quality of your tears using a specialized dye test. This dye stains your eye’s surface and highlights gaps in your tear film and allows us to detect abnormal tear production.
Treatment Options

Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your dry eyes. If your symptoms are caused by medication or a health condition, for example, changing the medication and treating the health condition may likely address your dry eye symptoms.

There are many treatments and therapies available, including:

We will be able to determine the cause of your dry eyes during your next appointment. Let us develop a personalized treatment plan for you and help you find comfort and clarity today!

Our Services

Our Location

Our Address

2146 Collective Lane #110
Wichita, KS 67206

Contact Information

Phone: (316) 315-0321
info@eyegalleryks.com

Our Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 AM
Wednesday
9 AM7 PM
Thursday
9 AM7 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Testimonials

Our Blog

The Importance of Eye Exams For Children

The Importance of Eye Exams For Children

Your optometrist does more than test your vision in an eye exam; they can identify several eye conditions and diseases. Children need regular eye exams as they develop and grow into adulthood.   How important are eye exams for children? Continue reading to learn more about the importance of children’s eye exams, including what happens during […]

Read More…

August 24, 2021
0
Children’s eye health, Eye Care, Eye Exam

Your optometrist does more than test your vision in an eye exam; they can identify several eye conditions and diseases. Children need regular eye exams as they develop and grow into adulthood.   How important are eye exams for children? Continue reading to learn more about the importance of children’s eye exams, including what happens during […]

Read More…

Eye Emergencies that Require an Eye Doctor

Eye Emergencies that Require an Eye Doctor

Our eyes are delicate features of our body that are in need of protection. The daily lives of human beings are sometimes intensely active, which opens up the possibility of sustaining damage to our eyes and drastically altering our eye health. Eye emergencies arise due to external damage or irritation to our eyes and require […]

Read More…

August 20, 2021
0
Eye Care, Eye Emergencies

Our eyes are delicate features of our body that are in need of protection. The daily lives of human beings are sometimes intensely active, which opens up the possibility of sustaining damage to our eyes and drastically altering our eye health. Eye emergencies arise due to external damage or irritation to our eyes and require […]

Read More…

Treatment Options for Keratoconus

Treatment Options for Keratoconus

Keratoconus can develop subtly and gradually, so it is important to stay on top of your regularly scheduled eye examinations to prevent potential degradation of your vision. In less severe cases, specialty lenses and therapy can be used to mitigate the effects of keratoconus, but if the issue is an advanced case, surgery or a […]

Read More…

June 28, 2021
0
Eye Exam, Eye Health Conditions, Keratoconus

Keratoconus can develop subtly and gradually, so it is important to stay on top of your regularly scheduled eye examinations to prevent potential degradation of your vision. In less severe cases, specialty lenses and therapy can be used to mitigate the effects of keratoconus, but if the issue is an advanced case, surgery or a […]

Read More…

Instagram

This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

Error: No connected account.

Please go to the Instagram Feed settings page to connect an account.

instagram facebook facebook2 pinterest twitter google-plus google linkedin2 yelp youtube phone location calendar share2 link star-full star-half star star-half chevron-right chevron-left chevron-down chevron-up envelope fax