We use our eyes every day to work, play, and interact with the world around us. When something is compromising our ability to see it can become quite troublesome. Dry eye is a condition that impacts the eyes and can be quite serious. Below, let's examine what dry eye is, its symptoms, and possible ways to help treat dry eye.
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a condition where the eyes do not receive enough lubrication. Typically, this is a result of the body either not producing enough tears, or the body only producing poor quality tears. There are many factors that can contribute to tear production, including age, possible injury, or even certain medications. Tear ducts can become clogged or damaged, limiting the amount of tears produced. In cases with poor tear production, there may be an underlying cause such as a clogged gland that is preventing the tears from forming the right mixture of water, oil, and mucus.
What Are Common Symptoms of Dry Eye?
Most commonly, people report a dry, burning, or scratchy sensation in the eyes. This can cause the eyes to produce a stringy, mucus-like substance. The eyes can appear red and can become very light sensitive. In some cases of dry eye, patients report having extremely blurred or fuzzy vision. Most often, dry eye is compounded by external circumstances, such as being on a dry airplane or being in an air-conditioned room. Eye strain from meticulous work involving the eyes or from prolonged stretches of time staring at a computer or television screen can also worsen symptoms of dry eye.
Is There Dry Eye Treatment?
Luckily, there are many ways to help alleviate the symptoms associated with dry eye. Working with an eye doctor, we will learn more about the activities you are involved with and the environment in which you live. This will help determine where adjustments or modifications can be made. Curing dry eye can be as simple as reducing screen time, or breaking up long stretches that involve focused vision. Fully wrapped sunglasses can help with outdoor air causing excessive dry eye. There are also several prescription and over the counter artificial tears available. Many artificial tears can be used daily and can greatly improve the symptoms of dry eye.
Visit Us for All of Your Dry Eye Concerns
We understand the difficulty and discomfort patients face every day when suffering from dry eye. At Main Street Vision we want to help. Our team of optometry professionals is eager to perform a full evaluation and help make some suggestions to alleviate your dry eye symptoms. To schedule an appointment, please call our office at 303-651-6700.