Experienced Eye Doctor in Richmond, VA

If you have dry eyes, Dr. Carl D. Outen will assist you in choosing the right treatment for you. Give us a call at (804) 794-1334, if you believe to be suffering from dry eyes.

What Is Dry Eyes?

If you experience feelings of grittiness, a burning sensation or dry eyes, this could be caused by dry eye syndrome. This occurs in more than 10 million people in the United States. It implies that your eyes aren't producing enough moisture to keep them properly lubricated.

Why Are Tears Important?

Tears moisten the eyes and wash away dust and other foreign matter. They also keep away infection and help the eyes to focus. The eye surface is covered by a tear film consisting of three layers. The first is the outer layer that keeps tears from evaporating. The second layer makes up over 90 percent of the entire film. It consists of water, salt and protein. The third layer is an inner mucous layer that keeps the tears on the eye.

What Creates Dry Eyes

Dry eyes can develop because of menopause, aging, certain medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and specific medications.

Dry Eyes Treatments

There is no cure for dry eyes, though there are a few options to manage the symptoms. These include over-the-counter eye drops, prescription therapies like Restasis or tear duct plugs. We will help you find the right treatment for your condition.