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Persistent dryness, scratching and burning in your eyes can be signs of dry eye syndrome or allergic eye conditions and make your eyes feel uncomfortable. Both are ongoing conditions, and while depending on their cause, may not be completely curable, the symptoms can be managed. Dr. Potter is experienced in treating both dry eye disease and allergic eye conditions. Through testing preformed in our office, Dr. Potter can diagnose the reason for your symptoms and help you choose the treatment that will best fit your condition.

Eye Allergies (allergic conjunctivitis): If your eyes itch and are red, tearing or burning you may have eye allergies, a condition that affects millions of Americans. Many people will treat their nasal allergy symptoms but ignore their itchy, red, watery eyes.

Seasonal and perennial allergies can be caused by outdoor and indoor allergens and irritants and may be controlled with prescription or nonprescription medication depending on which is more effective for the particular allergy. After examination and testing, Dr. Potter will discuss the available treatment for your allergy with you.

Dry Eye Disease (keratoconjunctivis sicca): The most common form of dry eyes disease occurs when the water layer of tears is inadequate by quantity and/or quality. People with dry eye disease may experience irritated, gritty, scratchy or burning eyes; a feeling of something in their eyes; excess watering; and blurred vision. Advanced dry eye disease may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision. Treatments for dry eye disease aim to restore or maintain the normal amount of tears in the eye to minimize dryness and related discomfort and to maintain eye health.

Dry eyes can be diagnosed through testing here in the office. With the information obtained from testing, Dr. Potter can determine if you have dry eye disease and advise you on treatment options.

Dry eye disease can be a chronic condition, but Dr. Potter can prescribe treatment to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable and to prevent your vision from being affected. There are four primary approaches used to manage and treat dry eye disease. Adding tears using over-the-counter artificial tear solutions, conserving tears by keeping natural tears in the eyes longer by blocking the tear ducts through which the tears normally drain, increasing tear production using prescription medication and supplements, and treating the inflammation of the eyelids or eye surface that contributes to the dry eyes.

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