Treatment for this painful condition can be relatively straightforward, once the underlying cause has been found. At Simmons Optometrists by performing simple diagnostic tests, and using our experience, we can evaluate your tears and eyelids and then offer expert advice on the best treatment for your eyes.
What is dry eye syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome occurs when the quality or quantity of your tears are insufficient to keep the surface of the cornea moist.
If tear production is reduced or inhibited in some way our eyes will dry out and cause a painful irritation.
Who is most at risk?
- Diabetic patients and contact lens wearers are both more likely to experience symptoms of dry eye syndrome.
- The elderly are also a high-risk group with one in seven people aged 65 and over suffering.
- Women are also most likely to be affected by the condition, which is often prevalent during the menopause.
- Those whose work or hobbies involve periods of concentrated vision, for instance extended computer use or driving long distances.
- Those suffering from blepharitis
- Other causes of dry eye include side effects to medicines, illness and damage to your eyelid caused by disease or injury.
Dry eye is a painful condition characterised by the following symptoms:
- a sandy-gritty irritation that gets worse as the day goes on
- a burning sensation
- itchy, red or tired eyes
- a feeling that you have some dust in your eye
- excessive watering (strange but true!)
- contact lens discomfort
Sufferers can minimise the symptoms of dry eye by making some small changes to their lifestyle.
- Eating a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Keeping hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids (at least two litres a day).
- Avoiding air-conditioned atmospheres where the air is artificially dry.
- DON’T FORGET TO BLINK!
If you suffer from dry eyes please get in touch to make an appointment to see how we can help you.