When everything’s going right with your eyes, you really don’t pay much attention to them. They blink when you need them to, regulate their own moisture levels, and focus automatically. But when something’s off, it feels like your eyes are suddenly all you can think about.
The symptoms associated with dry eye are distracting, uncomfortable, and potentially dangerous. But you don’t have to grin and bear it. Keswick Family Eyecare is equipped to diagnose and treat dry eye. Book your appointment with us today.
Your eyeball is covered by a mucous membrane. As such, it needs to be properly moistened and lubricated, or it could sustain damage from something as simple as blinking. Your eye produces its own lubricant made of water and oils; we refer to this lubricant as tears.
Sometimes, your eye does not produce enough tears to keep the mucous membrane properly lubricated. Other times, your eye produces enough tears, however, the balance of oils is off; allowing the tears to evaporate too quickly.
In addition to a generally “dry” feeling, patients often experience a gritty sensation; as if there was a foreign object in their eye. It’s not uncommon to also experience stinging, itching, or the feeling that the eyelids are too heavy to remain open. Though it may seem paradoxical, dry eye can sometimes cause sticky, stringy discharge, or short periods of extreme watering of the eyes.
Anyone could experience dry eye, but there are a few factors that increase your chance of having it. Contact lenses can make dry eye more likely or more severe, as well as some laser eye surgeries. Hormone replacement therapy can contribute to dry eye, and menopausal women are more likely than anyone to experience it. Smoking is another factor that is known to add to your chances of developing dry eye.
If you’d like to remedy your dry eye on your own, you can start using artificial tears. These eye drops are over-the-counter and should be available at any pharmacy. While these drops will not actually cure your dry eye, they will offer some relief to your symptoms.
Sometimes, tears disappear too quickly through the drainage ducts. This problem can be solved with punctal plugs. These tiny implants slide into the drainage ducts in the upper and lower lids, keeping moisture on the eye longer. If the patient finds they now have a surplus of tears, the plugs can easily be removed.
These drops will help relieve your symptoms the same way artificial tears do. However, unlike artificial tears, medicated drops will also stimulate your eyes to create more tears, naturally providing your eyes with more moisture. Medicated eye drops require a prescription.
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