When your eyes do not produce enough tears to adequately lubricate your eyes, it’s called dry eye. This condition is very common, and while it’s usually not serious, it can cause problems like corneal abrasions. There are lots of treatment options available; your Urban Optique optometrist will recommend what is best for you.
There are several signs and symptoms of dry eyes including stinging, burning, red, itchy or scratchy feeling. You may notice a difficulty wearing contact lenses, and a sensitivity to light. Some patients experience eye fatigue and eye strain as well as fluctuating, blurred vision due to the tear level changing. An almost opposite symptom is watery eyes. The eyes actually tear excessively because they are dry.
Dry eye can be uncomfortable and irritating; especially to contact lens wearers as it often causes drop out of contact lens use. You don’t have to continue to suffer or let dry eye cause permanent damage to your eyes. We’re equipped to diagnose and identify the cause of your dry eye. Let us relieve your symptoms
Dry eye happens for one of two reasons: either your eyes don’t make sufficient tears, or the volume of tears is sufficient, but the oil level in the tears in not high enough. This causes tears to evaporate too quickly from the surface of the eye.
If your eyes are dry due to a decrease in tear level it could be due to aging, certain medical conditions or medications, from having laser eye surgery, or damage to the glands or ducts.
If your eyes are dry due to insufficient oil in the tears, it usually indicates a glandular issue.
There are a few elements that increase your likelihood of experiencing dry eye:
As you prepare for your dry eye consultation, create a list of symptoms you are experiencing, genetics or medical conditions that may affect the eye, your current working, and personal environment, and how many hours you spend on digital devices. Bring all medications with you to the appointment. We look forward to helping ease your dry eyes.