Frequently Asked Questions About
Dry Eye Syndrome
What is dry eye syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that affects millions of Americans - women more often than men. In some instances, it is characterized by dry, irritated eyes due to a lack of lubricating tears. Surprisingly, it can also be a result of excessively watery eyes due to tears lacking the proper balance of mucous, water, and oil to coat the eyes properly. Chronic dry eye can lead to damage of the eye’s surface, an increased risk of eye infections, and eventually, the inability to produce tears. Left untreated, severe forms of dry eye can even damage your vision.
Symptoms of Dry eyes
: Burning and Stinging
: Foreign body sensation
: Blurry Vision
: Eye Redness
: Excessive Tearing
What causes dry eye syndrome?
*Wind Dry Environment
*Contact Lens Wear
Contact lens wear increases tear evaporation and related dry eye symptoms. Dryness may result in protein deposits on the lens, eye irritation, pain, infection, or sensitivity to contact lens solutions. Dry eye symptoms are the number one reason people stop wearing contact lenses.
Tear production may be reduced if you take certain medications, including decongestants, antihistamines, oral contraceptives, tranquilizers, and diuretics. If you are taking any medication, ask your doctor if it contributes to your dry eye condition.
Health problems and conditions such as allergies, arthritis, diabetes, pregnancy, menopause, thyroid abnormality, asthma, or an autoimmune condition known as Sjörgren’s Syndrome can be the cause of dry eyes.
How is dry eye syndrome treated?
Common treatment of dry eye syndrome includes the use of artificial tears or artificial tear ointments.
Other treatments for dry eye syndrome include the following:
* Temporary plugs in the tear drain (punctum) to allow the eyes time to gain full use of the lubricating tears before they are drained away from the eye.
* Minor surgery to close the punctum permanently.
* Prescription medication or supplements to increase the production of tears