Dry eye is one of the most common optometric conditions with as many as 30 million people in the United States. When your eyes don’t have enough moisture, it means adequate tears are not being produced or those tears are dissipating too quickly to properly create a layer of moisture protection from the environment.
Dealing with dry eyes can cause all kinds of problems, whether it’s blurred vision or otherwise. And over time, you can experience a lot of relative vision problems.
SYMPTOMS OF DRY EYES
For the most part, pointing out that you have a problem with dry eyes is easy. You will experience stinging and irritation on a regular basis, your eyes may look red and irritated, and you may even feel like your eyes are always tired.
A few other symptoms include:
- light sensitivity
- difficulty focusing
- blurred vision
- inability to wear your contacts
- the sensation of something in the eyes
CAUSES OF DRY EYES
There can be a range of underlying causes of dry eyes because so many factors in your environment and health can affect your eyes.
Past eye injuries, allergies, and your typical environment are all things an optometrist will look at and ask about before they diagnose the problem.
There are tests that the optometrist can do to measure the fluid in your eyes and the composition of that fluid to get a better idea of underlying causation factors.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR DRY EYE
The course of treatment for dry eyes will depend on your diagnosis.
In some situations, treating dry eyes will be as simple as eliminating certain allergens from your usual environment. In other situations, however, the optometrist may recommend something like eye drops to encourage tear production or oral medications.
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