Dry eye syndrome, also called dry eye disease, is a chronic eye condition that affects up to half of all adults and millions worldwide.
So what exactly is dry eye syndrome? Put simply, it’s when your tears aren’t able to do their job properly. Tears are essential for keeping our eyes lubricated and healthy, so when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or the quality of tears is poor, it can make you miserable.
If you or someone you love has dry eye syndrome, contact Optometric Associates in New Holland today. We'll provide customized treatment to ensure your eyes remain hydrated and healthy day in, day out.
Dry Eye Syndrome Symptoms and Causes
Dry eye syndrome can be a real pain—literally. The symptoms can range from mildly annoying to debilitating and, if left untreated, can lead to serious eye problems.
Symptoms of dry eye can include:
- Dry eyes
- Tired eyes
- Sore eyes
- A gritty feeling in your eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Burning eyes
- Watery eyes (while it may seem counterintuitive, watery eyes often compensate for the lack of quality tears in people with dry eyes)
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome
Many factors can contribute to the development of dry eye syndrome, including:
- Tear gland dysfunction
- Dry air and winds, indoor heating, air conditioning
- Certain medications: e.g., Isotretinoin (Accutane, Absorica) for acne, and antihistamines for allergies
- Medical conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, lupus, Sjogren's syndrome and thyroid problems
- Laser eye surgery
- Allergic eye disease
- Spending time on digital screens (which reduces blinking)
When left untreated, severe dry eye syndrome can lead to eye inflammation, corneal abrasions, corneal ulcers and even blindness.
If you’re experiencing any dry eye symptoms or the symptoms don’t improve with self-care, you may need to contact your eye doctor at Optometric Associates in New Holland. They can diagnose the cause of your symptoms and prescribe treatment to provide the relief you’re seeking.
Treatments for Dry Eye Syndrome
Your eye doctor may prescribe over-the-counter or prescription eye drops and/or eye gels that hydrate and reduce inflammation. If your symptoms persist, your optometrist may recommend one or more in-office treatments to unblock your tear glands.
In addition to these treatments,
- Limit your time in front of screens, such as computers and televisions
- Take breaks often to rest your eyes
- Apply warm compresses to your closed eyes
- Use a humidifier in your home to help keep the air moist
Don't Delay. Contact Your Eye Doctor Today!
Remember, the only way to know if you have dry eye syndrome is through a dry eye exam by New Holland optometrist.
If you have dry eye syndrome, your eye doctor will decide what type of treatment will best alleviate your symptoms and keep your eyes healthy and happy. Simply book your consultation at Optometric Associates in New Holland today!
Our practice serves patients from New Holland, Lancaster, Philadelphia, and Reading, Pennsylvania and surrounding communities.