Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a condition in which the eye does not produce enough tears, or the tears are too thin to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Dry eye syndrome is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.

Tears provide lubrication and reduce the risk of eye infection. They wash away foreign matter in the eye as well as keep the surface of the eye smooth and clear. With each blink of the eyelids, tears are spread across the front surface of the eye known as the cornea. Excess tears in the eyes flow into small drainage ducts in the inner corners of the eyelids, which drain in the back of the nose.

When our eyes are not properly lubricated, our vision and comfort can suffer greatly. Thankfully, there are treatments and alternatives to help address the problem.

Causes & Symptoms of Dry Eye

Millions of people experience the frustrations with dry eye. Not everyone experiences dry eye the same. Some people have a gritty sensation or the feeling something is in their eye while others have excessive tearing. This is often treated with either over the counter or prescription eye drops. Your doctor might also encourage you to eat more omega rich foods. Did you know how you blink can have an impact on dry eye? Driving for long periods of time, long periods of watching tv, reading or computer work, can also be very drying to your eyes. This occurs because we blink less and less. Blinking is an integral part of the total hydration process. When we blink tears are pushed out of the tear factory to wash over the eye while your lids squeegee the old tears and debris away to the drain. Think about your blink. If you find you experience dryness more so after any of these activities make an effort to blink more often.

People with dry eye syndrome may experience:

  • Irritated, scratchy, gritty or burning eyes
  • A feeling of something in their eyes
  • Excess watering
  • Blurred vision

Treatment of Dry Eye

While dry eye can be a chronic condition, our team can prescribe treatment. This will keep your eyes healthy, more comfortable, and prevent your vision from being affected. Other activities like limiting wind and outdoor exposure helps to maintain the tears you have. Most of us have active lives including the great outdoors. We can help keep the wind and pollen out and help you enjoy all your activities. Come talk to our experienced optical staff and let us find the right solution for you.

To learn more about this condition, watch the video below. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment with us if you are experiencing any discomfort in your eyes, or if you feel that you have insufficient eye moisture.

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