If you’ve noticed your eyes feeling less comfortable lately – scratchy, irritated, dry and red – it may have to do with Dry Eye Syndrome (DES).
DES symptoms often worsen as the weather gets colder, the humidity drops and we are exposed to more forced air from heating vents, radiators, and fireplaces.
The key to effective dry eye treatment is to understand the underlying cause of the symptoms. Dry eye is generally caused by an imbalance of the tear film that acts as a shield on the surface of our eyes. Glands in the eyelids produce essential oils that form the top layer of the tear film and are the core protective element that is essential to long-term eye comfort. Did you know that there are different categories of Dry Eye Syndrome, as well as many different contributing factors?
Here are a few:
- Computer use
- Rate of blinking
- Completeness of blinking
- Hormonal changes
- Contact lens wear
- Poor oil production in your tears
- Having had eye surgery, such as LASIK or cataract
- Altered eyelid muscle function
- High levels of inflammation in your tears
Dry eye syndrome and chronic dry eye symptoms can have a significant impact on daily lifestyles and can impede simple activities, such as reading, working on a computer, or enjoying the outdoors. Dry eye is a disease, and like other diseases, it is likely to progress if not properly managed.
The consequences of untreated DES include worsening discomfort and even vision problems. There are many treatments for DES, including therapies and the use of lubricating eye drops. Which treatment works best for you depends on the type of dry eye you have and any other contributing factors.
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