It is a common condition that happens when there are not enough tears for adequate lubrication of the eyes. The reason for the loss of tear level happen for many reasons. There are lots of options for treatment and your Urban Optique Optometrist can recommend what is best for your type of dry eye.
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 symptoms is watery eyes. The eyes actually tear excessively because they are dry.
Dry eye disease can be uncomfortable and irritating. Especially to contact lens wearers often causing drop out of contact lens use. Your eye doctor can perform a number of tests to determine what is causing the dry eye disease and offer solutions.
Only your eye doctor at Urban Optique can determine the exact cause but there are some common reasons:
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 better known as LASIK or something has happened to the tear glands.
If your eyes are dry due to an increase in teal level come common reasons are environmental such as dry climate, windy, smoke filled air and cold. Other reasons include lack of blinking which lubricates the front surface of the eye, a more common issue as so many people work on computers for long periods and don’t blink enough. There could also be underlying medical issues with glands or eyelids.
Are there factors that make you more likely to have dry eye disease?
As you prepare for the dry eye consultation with your Optometrist create a list of symptoms you are experiencing, genetics or medical conditions that may affect the ocular surface, your current working and personal environment as well as the number of hours you spend on digital devices. Bring all medications with you to the appointment. We look forward to helping ease your dry eyes!