Understanding Dry Eye Syndrome

  • Posted on: Jun 25 2013
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Understanding Dry Eye SyndromeDry eye syndrome is exactly what it sounds like—it occurs in people who lack the proper tear lubrication to moisten the eye, or whose tears have a chemical composition that causes them to evaporate.  Affecting an estimated 10 million Americans, dry eye can be caused by aging, as the side effect of medication, because of a dry, windy climate, or as a result of long-term contact lens use. This condition can be irritating and debilitating if left untreated, so it’s important to be able to recognize the key symptoms and treatment options.

Symptoms

  • Stinging, burning, or scratchy feeling in the eyes
  • Eye fatigue
  • Increased eye irritation from smoke or wind
  • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye redness
  • The feeling of having something in your eyes
  • Problems wearing contact lenses
  • Periods of excessive tearing
  • Blurred vision (usually at the end of the day or after focusing for a long period of time)

Treatments

  • Underlying Cause. In some cases, treating the underlying issue that is causing dry eye will treat the condition itself. If your dry eyes are the result of a medication, for example, your doctor may try to find a different medication that will not produce the same side effects.
  • Tear Drops. Many people make use of artificial tears to combat dry eyes. They can be purchased overt the counter, but some patients will be prescribed treatment as well.
  • Punctual Plugs. For more serious cases, doctors will close the tear drain in the eyelid with special inserts called punctual plugs. The plugs prevent the tears from draining out, keeping the eyes more moist. Depending on the case, doctors will use this treatment as either a temporary or permanent solution.

Dry Eye Treatment in Southern California

Afraid you might be suffering from dry eye syndrome? Contact us today with any questions or to schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Lynwood, Downey, La Habra, and Whittier. We look forward to hearing from you.

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