Dry Eyes

Southern Eye Institute

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists & Board Certified Optometrist located in Houma, LA & Thibodaux, LA

Dry eyes can affect anyone. Your eyes might become dry only in certain situations, or you may have a chronic dry eye condition that over-the-counter drops and medication simply can't treat. Southern Eye Institute in Houma and Thibodaux, Louisiana, has an experienced team of board-certified ophthalmologists that can help relieve the dry, itchy, and uncomfortable symptoms that accompany dry eyes. Don’t put up with eye irritation. Call the practice or use online booking to make an appointment today.

What is dry eyes syndrome?

Dry eyes are uncomfortable when they occur now and then. But if you experience chronic recurring or lasting dry eyes, you could have a more serious issue on your hands: dry eyes syndrome.

Dry eyes syndrome occurs when your tears can’t provide enough lubrication to your eyes, causing irritation and inflammation. Eyes that are too dry are prone to infection and injury, causing further problems.

Southern Eye Institute helps manage the symptoms of dry eyes and treat the condition. If you’re in discomfort, call to schedule a consultation.

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Dry eyes syndrome can affect both eyes, although the symptoms may vary between the two. Symptoms include:

  • Itchy, burning, and stinging eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye redness
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Eye fatigue
  • Excess eye watering
  • Stringy mucus around the eye
  • Trouble wearing contact lenses
  • Feeling like something is in your eye
  • Frequent eye infections

Southern Eye Institute manages the symptoms of dry eyes and identifies the cause to treat it at its source.

What causes dry eyes?

Several factors can cause dry eyes, some of which you can control. Three of the most common causes are:


Blepharitis is an eye disorder where the eyelids become red, irritated, and inflamed, and dandruff-like scales form on the eyelashes. 

It can be a symptom of some skin conditions, like rosacea or scalp dandruff, or occur due to bacteria getting into the eye. 

Many people with blepharitis experience excessive tearing and a gritty, burning sensation.

Inadequate tear production

If your body doesn’t create enough tears or your tears evaporate too quickly, your eye can’t get the lubrication it needs to remain healthy. 

Factors that affect tear production include age, hormonal changes, a damaged tear gland, medication, and exposure to wind, smoke, or dry air.


Your lifestyle can increase your chances of developing dry eyes. People who wear contact lenses all day, had LASIK laser eye surgery, or who stare at a computer screen for long periods are more prone to the condition.

Although it’s not always possible to cure dry eyes, you can treat the symptoms and ease discomfort when you partner with the experienced team at Southern Eye Institute. Call to schedule a consultation or book online today.