Dry Eye Treatment and Therapy
At Rib Mountain Eye Care, we understand that no two patients are exactly the same. Your eyes are as unique as you are, and the reasons you need care are therefore also unique. That’s why our optometry staff, including the highly respected Dr. Brian Puent, always takes the time to sit down and get to know you individually, then make a treatment plan that meets your specific needs.
One of the most frustrating eye conditions is dry eye. While it may sound minor in comparison to some other issues, the debilitation it can cause in everyday life is anything but minor. Luckily, we can help, and here’s how.
How Can an Optometrist in Wausau Help You with Dry Eyes?
Our optometrist in Wausau is highly specialized in treating dry eyes, which is a condition that occurs when you either don’t have enough tears or your tears don’t provide adequate moisture in your eyes.
While they might seem pretty basic, tears are actually a mixture of several components. These include water, which is the basic foundation of the tear, as well as oil to help lubricate the eye, mucus to help the tears spread evenly over its surface, and proteins and antibodies to help keep the eye healthy and infection-free. Produced in a special gland in the eye, these ingredients mix and come out of your tear duct to protect your eye, soothe it and keep your vision tiptop.
Unfortunately, there are sometimes problems with this process, which is when dry eyes result. In this case, your eyes either don’t produce enough moisture at all, or they may sometimes produce lots of tears, but without the essential lubricants that make the tears adhere to the eyes’ surface, both of which are problematic conditions. Either way, our optometrist in Wausau can help.
How Does an Eye Exam for Dry Eye Treatment Work?
To determine whether or not you might benefit from dry eye treatment, we will first perform an eye exam. Usually we’ll use something called a Schirmer’s test, which allows us to measure how quickly your eyes produce tears and is one of the easiest ways to diagnose dry eye. The results will tell us whether you’re producing adequate moisture, and will help us move forward in finding the correct dry eye treatment.
While many people are afraid of getting an eye exam because they think it will hurt, this is almost never the case. Don’t wait to be seen on the basis of fear when instead you could be on your way to better eye health soon.
Come See an Experienced Wausau Optometrist Today
Dr. Brian Puent, our Wausau optometrist, has been practicing for 12 years, the last 6 of which have been spent here Wausau. When you’re ready to come see a Wausau optometrist about dry eyes, call us at (715) 803-2700 to find out more about how we can help and be on your way to better health today.