Your eyes constantly need tears to keep them moist and free from impurities. This reduces your risk of having eye irritations or infections. With dry eye syndrome, your tear glands may not be able to produce enough tears to maintain lubrication in your eyes. This condition may also happen when your tears evaporate too quickly.
Today, Lifetime Vision Source, your trusted provider of contact lens exams and other eye care services, talks about dry eye syndrome in detail.
What Causes Dry Eye Syndrome?
A lot of factors affect dry eye syndrome development. For one, older individuals are more likely to have dry eyes as part of the aging process. Postmenopausal women, in particular, are at a higher risk, as hormonal changes may also affect the quality of your tears. Certain medications may cause eye inflammation, which, in turn, may lead to dry eyes.
Too much exposure to smoke and harsh wind may increase your risk of having dry eyes. Living in an area with dry climate may also cause your tears to evaporate quickly. Staring at your computer or TV screens for too long may reduce your blinking rate, resulting in this problem. Your eye doctor explains that individuals who regularly use contact lenses are more prone to having dry eyes too.
What Happens When You Have Dry Eyes?
Dry eye syndrome causes a feeling that something is stuck in your eyes. A scratchy, stinging, or burning sensation is also common. Episodes of your eyes suddenly tearing up may happen, as well. Your eyes may turn red and heavy too. Blurry vision may occur later on.
What Are the Possible Treatments for Dry Eyes?
As soon as you experience any dry eye symptoms, visit your vision center for a more thorough evaluation. Upon confirming this problem, we may prescribe medicated eye drops to reduce inflammation in your eyes and stimulate your tear glands to produce more tears. Artificial tears may also help keep your eyes moisturized.
Changes in your lifestyle, such as using an air humidifier, drinking more water and spending limited time on your computer, can help, as well. For more severe cases, we may suggest inserting artificial collagen plugs in your tear ducts. This can help regulate your tear draining rate.
For more information about dry eye syndrome and other eye care concerns, call us at (701) 864-3777. You may also complete our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve Medina, Valley City and nearby ND communities.