Take Control of Your Dry Eyes

Dry Eyes FrustrationWhen your eyes do not produce tears properly or in an adequate amount, dry eye occurs. And if left untreated, dry eye syndrome can cause pain, scarring, infections and damage to your cornea. This condition is quite common; millions of people deal with dry eye syndrome, which can make it challenging to perform certain activities like using a computer or reading.

The most common symptoms of dry eye syndrome may include:

  • A gritty feeling like something is in your eye
  • Burning or stinging in the eye
  • Excessing tearing followed by very dry eyes
  • Yellowish, stringy discharge from the eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Discomfort when wearing contact lenses
  • Redness and pain in the eye

There are several factors that are said to cause dry eye syndrome. Living in a dry, hot or windy climate can contribute to dry eye, as can areas with pollute air. And if you wear contact lenses, you’re more apt to have dry eyes than those who don’t. Another trigger for dry eye is certain medications such as contraceptives, antidepressants, and antihistamines.

Finding Relief
To help alleviate the symptoms of dry eye, consider the following tips:

  • Run the humidifier. Dry air from the furnace or central air in the summertime can exacerbate your dry eye condition. Use a humidifier to add moisture back into the air.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids. Incorporating foods rich in omega-3s into your diet helps promote tear production. Up your intake of foods like salmon, halibut, flaxseed and nuts to prevent dry eye.
  • Eye drops. Using artificial tears can provide relief from dry eye. Just make sure the drops you use are free of preservatives, as the alternative can make your eyes more irritated.

Interested in Learning More About Treating Dry Eye Syndrome? Contact Shammas Eye Medical Center.

To schedule your screening, or for more information on dry eye syndrome, contact Shammas Eye Medical Center. We are located in Lynwood, Downey, La Habra and Whittier. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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