MT. VERNON, WA--(Marketwired - Jan 7, 2015) - The cold, dry air of winter can be cause for eye problems, even for those who do not normally suffer from chronic eye conditions. The eyes require a specific quantity, as well as quality, of tear film to remain nourished and healthy. Dry eye disease, a common condition also known as dry eye syndrome, is usually the result of insufficient tear film production. In the winter, this condition may be more likely to manifest or become more severe, and it could lead to serious medical issues if left untreated. To help protect their patients' eyes during the winter months, the eye doctors at North Cascade Eye Associates (NCEA) recommend a number of treatment options, depending on the severity of the condition.

The symptoms of this common ailment can be more expansive than simply experiencing dry eyes. According a recent blog post by NCEA, indications of dry eye in the winter -- as well as other times of the year -- may include eyes that are:

  • Dry
  • Itchy
  • Irritated
  • Red
  • Watery

Without treatment, the condition can advance, often causing people to feel as if something is in their eye when nothing is there, experience fluctuations in the quality of their vision, or develop an increased sensitivity to glare. Fortunately, the Washington eye doctors at NCEA offer a variety of treatment methods to reverse the effects of this disease.

Typically, artificial teardrops (eye drops) are the first line of defense against this common winter condition. Medications and oral supplements can be used for cases that do not easily resolve with eye drops. For more extreme cases of dry eye disease, drainage systems or pulsation therapies can provide relief. The goal of all of these treatments is the same: to regulate the lubrication of the eye for protection. Treating conditions such as dry eye disease is just one of the many ways in which the doctors at North Cascade Eye Associates help their patients maintain healthy eyes and good vision all year long.

About North Cascade Eye Associates
North Cascade Eye Associates was established over 25 years ago and serves the Mt. Vernon, Sedro-Woolley, and Stanwood communities. In addition to providing a comprehensive array of eye care services and procedures in Washington, the doctors of NCEA are dedicated to traveling abroad on international mission trips to provide care to patients in need all around the world. The state-of-the-art eye care practice specializes in LASIK, cataract, and laser vision correction surgeries.

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North Cascade Eye Associates

Mount Vernon
2100 Little Mountain Ln
Mt. Vernon, WA 98274
Phone: 360-416-6735

2131 Hospital Drive
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Phone: 360-416-6735

26910 92nd Ave NW #C6
Stanwood, WA 98292
Phone: 360-629-4180

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