What Can I Do for Dry Eye?
Dry eyes are a common condition according to many comprehensive eye exam and are usually caused by your tears being unable to lubricate your eyes completely. Your tears can lack in either quality, quantity, or even both. Tear instability can lead to dry eyes, which can lead to inflammation and eye damage.
Dry eyes can cause uncomfortability, stinging, burning, and redness. Dry eyes can be treated via lifestyle changes or eyedrops, either or must be done indefinitely to keep symptoms at bay.
Comprehensive Eye Exam: Symptoms of Dry Eyes
Symptoms of dry eyes include:
Stinging or burning of the eyes
Mucus forming around the eyes
Difficulty wearing contacts
Difficulty driving at night
Feel as though something is in your eyes.
Watery eyes (your body is attempting to combat the condition)
When to consult a doctor
See a doctor if symptoms are prolonged even after treatment. Symptoms like red, irritated eyes, or even painful eyes for an extended period, indicate you should see a doctor. An experienced eye care professional can diagnose the issue, or refer you to a specialist to fix your problem.
Causes of dry eyes
The basis of dry eyes is due to decreased tear production or increased tear evaporation.
Decreased tear production is a condition in which your body is unable to produce enough water in your tear ducts. The medical term for this is called keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Common causes for this condition are aging, certain medical conditions, certain medications, or nerve insensitivity or wear.
Increased tear evaporation could be caused by the oil film produced by the glands on the edges of your eyes may become clogged Blocked glands are especially common in individuals with Rosacea. Other common causes include posterior blepharitis, blinking less often, eyelid issues, eye related allergies, or wind, smoke, and dry air.
Do you have dry eyes and want to know why?
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