Dr. Diana Hampton offers treatment for many conditions that affect the eyes, including dry eye. Dry Eye can be a nuisance for patients, and can actually lead to serious medical conditions. The doctor offers services to individuals living in Oklahoma City, OK, and surrounding areas.
Dry eye can be associated with many disorders that have nothing to do with the eyes. Lupus, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and immune system disorders may impact how well the eye's tear ducts function. Dry eye affects the surface of the eye and is often characterized by itching, redness, and feeling as if there is something in the eye that is causing irritation. One of the most common causes is wearing contact lenses for too long. This is one of the most reported causes and also one of the most preventable. In some patient's, the tear ducts may not be able to produce enough tears to keep the eyes sufficiently moistened.
Dry eye treatment is based on what is causing the problem. The tear duct's inability to produce enough tears, tears that evaporate too quickly, or an imbalance of components that make up tears are the most common problems that must be addressed. Eye drops that moisten the eyes and stimulate the production of tears are a common treatment option. For contact lens wearers, the use of special lenses may be able to help reduce some of the discomfort associated with the condition. The use of light therapy and mild eyelid massage may also be beneficial. In some cases, massage and mild irrigation may be used to unblock the tear ducts and re-establish the positive flow of tears.
The tears the eye produce serve to protect the surface of the eye from damage. When a person does not produce enough tears to keep the eye sufficiently hydrated, several things can begin to occur. The surface of the eye can become damaged as the debris lands on the cornea and there are no tears to flush it away. The cornea and interior of the eyelids can become scratched and irritated, leaving the body open for infections. Eye infections that are the result of extremely dry eyes may be harder to treat. If damage occurs to the cornea of the eye, a person's vision may be altered or reduced. The constant irritation of the eyes, accompanied by the increased risk of infection and changes in vision can affect a person's overall quality of life.
InsuranceWe accept most major insurance. If you have any questions about your eligibility or coverage, please call our office. We are happy to help you! Please note that our practice does not take VSP or vision benefits. Dr. Hampton accepts medical insurance. Please call to inquire with any questions.