Everyone’s eyes feel dry from time to time. But if you struggle with irritated, gritty-feeling eyes on a regular basis, you most likely suffer from dry eye disease.

Visions of Washington is equipped to diagnose your dry eye disease; identifying the source, and providing you with a treatment that addresses the problem rather than just the symptoms.

Request an appointment to speak with one of our optometrists about dry eye today.

Dry Eye Therapy

Symptoms of Dry Eye

What is Causing My Dry Eye Symptoms?

Symptoms of dry eye may include:

  • Burning or irritation

  • Watery eyes

  • Stringy discharge

  • Eye fatigue

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Glare or halos around lights

  • Redness

  • Itching

Dry eye disease typically stems from one of two issues; low tear volume or poor tear quality.

Tear Volume


Your eyes need tears for lubrication and protection. If your tear glands don’t make enough tears for your eyes to stay hydrated, they can’t work as effectively as they should.




Poor Tear Quality


Your tears contain a special oil called meibum. The meibum makes a film that floats on top of the tears and keeps them from evaporating too quickly. Sometimes the eyelids don’t produce enough meibum to make an effective film, allowing the tears to evaporate from the surface of the eye before they have a chance to properly lubricate it.





Tear Volume


Your eyes need tears for lubrication and protection. If your tear glands don’t make enough tears for your eyes to stay hydrated, they can’t work as effectively as they should.




Poor Tear Quality


Your tears contain a special oil called meibum. The meibum makes a film that floats on top of the tears and keeps them from evaporating too quickly. Sometimes the eyelids don’t produce enough meibum to make an effective film, allowing the tears to evaporate from the surface of the eye before they have a chance to properly lubricate it.