Have you noticed that your eyes are irritated and tired lately? While it may be a result of an underlying condition, it is also possible that you are suffering from what is known as dry eye syndrome. VisionSmith in Plymouth, MN, answers some of the most common questions asked about dry eyes.
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is an eye condition that occurs as a result of the eyes not being sufficiently lubricated or the abnormal expression of oil from the eyelid's oil glands. In other words, the tears that are naturally produced are not enough to hydrate your eyes or even if enough tears are being produced, they evaporate quickly.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye is caused when there is an insufficiency or abnormality with the tear film, resulting in fewer tears being naturally produced. In several instances, getting older can cause the development of dry eye. Other factors like excessive use of the computer and wind exposure can also cause dry eye. Certain medications may play a role as well. The same is true with underlying medical conditions like Sjogren’s syndrome.
What Are the Symptoms Associated with Dry Eye?
Several symptoms can occur as a result of dry eye syndrome. Some of the most common symptoms associated with dry eye include:
- Redness and itchiness
- Light sensitivity
- Eye fatigue
- Blurry vision
If you wear contact lenses, they will likely become uncomfortable. Believe it or not, your eyes may become watery, which is your eyes trying to re-hydrate themselves. Unfortunately, the tears tend to evaporate quickly.
How Is Dry Eye Treated?
Our optometrist can prescribe a gel-like product or artificial tears to help relieve your symptoms by adding moisture to the eyes. In some instances, our eye doctor may prescribe a specific medication that will aid in the production of more tears.
If the underlying root cause of the dry eye syndrome can be changed, this may be recommended. For instance, the modification of a current medical treatment may help prevent dry eye or taking more breaks when in front of a computer screen.
Got Dry Eye? Contact Our Eye Doctor in Plymouth, MN
If you believe you are suffering from dry eye syndrome, which is having a direct negative impact on your vision, comfort, and just overall quality of life, schedule an appointment with our optometrist at VisionSmith in Plymouth, MN. We can help you find an appropriate solution. Call us at (763) 559-5522 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist.