Dry Eye

Learn More About Dry Eye Treatment at Aurora

What is Dry Eye?

When your body doesn’t produce enough tears to lubricate the eye, it’s called dry eye. Without proper eye lubrication, you may not be able to see well. People with dry eye may not produce enough tears, or the tears they do produce are poor quality and don’t do enough to nourish the eyes.

Without lubrication from tears, eyes are at greater risk for problems, such as infection and issues caused by foreign matter in the eyes. Tears also keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear.

Dry eye can cause symptoms such as irritated, burning or scratchy eyes, blurry vision, excess watering, or the sensation that something is in the eye. Serious or advanced cases of dry eye can even damage the eye and impair vision.

How is Dry Eye Treated?

The goals of dry eye treatment is to restore and maintain the normal amount of healthy tears in the eye to keep eyes healthy, and to minimize dryness and the associated symptoms.

Mild cases of dry eye can often be treated with over-the-counter tear solutions. Other treatments include conserving tears (by blocking tear ducts), increasing tear production with prescription eye drops and/or omega-3 fatty acid supplements, and treating other eye conditions that contribute to dry eye.

Why Choose Aurora Health Care For Your Eye Care Needs?

When it comes to caring for your eyes and vision, you want the best. And at Aurora, our ophthalmologists in Wisconsin and northern Illinois are dedicated to providing the best, most advanced eye care and treatments available today.

Because Aurora eye care experts work within the entire Aurora Health Care system, they can offer you so much more than simple vision care. At Aurora, you’ll get:

  • Expert care at any hour of the day – At Aurora, we have board-certified ophthalmologists on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for you if you have an eye emergency – even if it’s at 3 a.m.
  • Care focused on you – Every one of our ophthalmologists believes that involving patients in the decisions that affect them, making them a part of their health care team, and making sure they understand their condition and treatment options is the best way to deliver outstanding care. At Aurora, you can expect us to focus on you, delivering the best possible care for you.
  • Immediate access to referrals – Aurora Health Care offers hundreds of specialists under one roof, as part of one integrated health care team. Some eye conditions are signs of other conditions, such as diabetes, vascular disease and neurological issues. If your ophthalmologist sees evidence of other disease during your eye exam, he or she can make a referral to another specialist and get you an appointment right away.
  • Convenient care in multiple locations – Aurora has eye care specialists in a variety of locations across eastern Wisconsin. We have clinics, hospitals and surgery centers that offer the entire spectrum of eye care.
  • Care for infants through senior citizens – At Aurora, we have eye care ophthalmologists who specialize in eye care for both adults and children. Our pediatric ophthalmologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat eye conditions in children.
  • Innovation – You can expect innovative treatments using the latest advancements in technology, including:

How Do I Schedule a Consultation With an Ophthalmologist?

To schedule a consultation or appointment with an ophthalmologist at Aurora, call one of our ophthalmology offices directly. View the list of Aurora ophthalmologists.