A healthy eye will produce quality tears to wash out dirt and debris and keep your eyes moist. When you have dry eyes, your eyes stop producing quality tears, causing them to become irritated or dry. The following frequently asked questions explain more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of dry eye syndrome provided by Springfield Opticians.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Numerous factors can affect tear production and cause dry eye. Tear production generally diminishes as you age, which could lead to this syndrome. Dry eye can also be caused by computer or digital device overuse, environmental irritants like wind, air pollution, pollen, auto-immune diseases, certain medications, and eye surgeries.
How Can I Tell If I Have Dry Eye?
If you have dry eye, you’ll experience symptoms of dry, itchy eyes, grittiness, sensitivity to light, discharge, burning or stinging eyes, excessive tears, redness, or blurred vision. An eye checkup from your Colorado Springs optometry specialist will confirm if you have this condition.
How Can Watery Eyes Be Dry Eye?
Excessive tears are a common sign of dry eye because your body produces more tears than normal to compensate for the dryness. Unfortunately, these tears are of low quality and evaporate quickly, making them ineffective in lubricating your eyes. Watery tears can aggravate your condition even more due to washing away the few quality tears your eyes produce.
What Are The Most Common Treatments For Dry Eye?
Some effective dry eye treatments optometry professionals approve include:
- OTC eye drops to moisten your eyes, for mild cases of dry eye
- Prescription eye drops (Restasis), for moderate to severe cases of dry eye
- Punctal plugs
- Eye lubricants
- Topical steroids
- Warm compresses
Can Dry Eye Be Cured?
It depends on how severe your dry eyes are and the cause of it. Dry eye cannot be entirely cured, but many treatments can reduce the symptoms, bring about comfort, and provide clearer vision.
Is Dry Eye Serious?
Mild cases of dry eye may have little to no effects on your sight. As dry eye symptoms worsen, however, they may start to impair your vision. Severe dry eye can aggravate your eyes, causing pain, discomfort, and sensitivity. They can also damage the cornea of your eye or eye tissue, which can impair your sight.
People with dry eyes will have a hard time wearing contacts due to a lack of tears to lubricate the lenses. Lack of tears can also increase your risk of eye infections, as tears protect your eyes by washing away dirt, debris, and allergens.
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Call Springfield Opticians today for more information on dry eye or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist.