The Bad News About Dry Eye and What To Do About It

Introduction

Dry eye is a very common condition that affects millions of people. It’s also one of the top reasons people under the age of 60 go to the eye doctor. Unfortunately, dry eye is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed by patients, who can suffer for years before getting the proper treatment. This article will explain what causes dry eye, how it is diagnosed and treated, as well as provide advice on how patients can protect their eyes from this condition.

What is dry eye?

Dry eye is a common condition in which the eye does not produce enough tears. This can be a temporary condition, resulting from an injury or surgery to the cornea (the clear covering on your eye). But it can also be chronic and cause long-term discomfort.

The most common symptom of dry eye is usually discomfort or pain in your eyes, accompanied by redness, grittiness and itchiness. Some people also report having blurry vision and sensitivity to light when they have this condition.

What causes dry eye?

Dry eye is caused by reduced tear production, chronic inflammation, autoimmune conditions, damage to the eyelids or eyes, aging and more.

  • Reduced tear production: Your eye produces tears to keep the front surface of your eye moist. If you have a condition that prevents this from working properly, it can lead to dry eyes. This includes diabetes (which affects 10% of people with diabetes) and thyroid disease. It’s also associated with some medications including aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antidepressants and opioids.
  • Chronic inflammation: Inflammation is part of how our bodies fight off infections and heal after injury or surgery — but when it goes on for too long without being treated properly it can cause problems for other parts of our bodies too like our digestive system or heart health . So if your immune system doesn’t function well enough then you may experience mild-to-severe chronic inflammation anywhere in your body which often leads firstly towards skin conditions such as eczema , psoriasis or rosacea before moving deeper into tissues like joints which causes joint pain especially during movement; secondly if left untreated there may be an increased risk factor towards developing colorectal cancer due to ulcerations caused by chronic bowel inflammation – leading again down another path entirely away from ocular concerns back towards systemic ones!

Does dry eye affect more women than men?

The answer is yes and no. Dry eye is more common in women than men, but it can affect anyone at any age.

Dry eye is also more common in older people because their tear glands produce less tears as they get older. Also, some disorders that cause dry eye are more common among seniors such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

How is dry eye diagnosed?

  • Tear film stability
  • Osmolarity of the tear film
  • Lipid layer thickness in the tear film
  • Meibomian gland function
  • Corneal sensitivity (pain threshold) and corneal sensation (touch threshold)

What are the symptoms of dry eye?

There are several common symptoms of dry eye. These include:

  • Dryness
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Blurred vision or a feeling that you have something in your eye, such as sand or dirt (feeling foreign body sensation)
  • Grittiness, a sandy texture to the eyes and eyelids that can feel like it is burning or stinging when the eyes are exposed to air for an extended period of time—such as when waking up in the morning with open eyes and trying to go back to sleep again; this symptom also may be accompanied by tearing from blinking excessively due to irritating windburn on exposed skin due to excessive exposure

To help determine if you have dry eyes, look at which symptoms fit your situation. If any of these occur routinely, talk with your doctor about treatment options available at [insert name here] Clinic.

Can surgical procedures cause dry eye?

Yes, surgery can cause dry eye. This is because many surgeries involve the removal of tissue that produces tears.

For example, when a patient undergoes LASIK surgery to reduce their dependence on corrective lenses, their corneas are cut in order to reshape them with a laser. If the procedure is done improperly—or if the patient has preexisting health problems that make healing difficult—the outcome may be an increase in dryness due to damaged tear ducts or scarring around the eyelids or meibomian glands.

Can certain medications contribute to dry eye?

You might think that the medications you take to treat other conditions would have little effect on your eyes. But some drugs can actually cause dry eye symptoms, and others can make existing dry eye worse. If you notice new or worsening symptoms of dry eye after starting a new prescription, talk to your doctor about how you should manage them.

It’s important to note that many medications don’t cause dry eye at all; in fact, there are many medications (such as birth control pills) that may actually help relieve dry eye symptoms by increasing tear production. But even though certain drugs aren’t thought to be directly responsible for causing dry eyes—and may even be able to help alleviate it—it’s still critical that patients talk with their doctors before making any changes in dosage or stopping taking their medication without consulting one first.

Does climate affect dry eye?

It’s true that dry air can cause dry eye. Humidity keeps the air moisture-rich, which in turn helps keep your eyes wet and lubricated. If you live in a dry climate, you may want to consider getting a humidifier for your home or office. Some people find relief from cold air, while others prefer warm temperatures; either way, it doesn’t hurt to try out different environments and see which one works best for you!

Is there a treatment or cure for dry eye?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for dry eye. However, there are many treatments available to help relieve symptoms and improve the quality of your life. Some treatments work better than others depending on your specific symptoms and cause of dry eye. A treatment may work better for you if it’s used in combination with other therapies or if it can be done at home instead of having to go to an office or clinic.

For instance, some types of medications that help reduce inflammation can also reduce sensitivity to light—something common in those with severe cases who experience photophobia (a symptom where bright lights seem painful). These medications include steroids like prednisone as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as naproxen sodium (Naprosyn). The goal here is not only increasing fluid production but also reducing inflammation that contributes to symptoms such as pain and redness during episodes where they flare up.

How are patients treated for chronic or severe cases of dry eye?

There are steps you can take to manage dry eye and its symptoms. If you have mild symptoms, lubricant eye drops can help keep your eyes moist and comfortable. Artificial tears can also provide relief from dry eye if you don’t want to use a prescription medication. In some cases, ointments may be recommended to add extra moisture or treat other underlying conditions that contribute to the problem. Eye care products such as glasses or contact lenses may also help prevent or reduce the symptoms of chronic dryness.

Tear duct plugs can be inserted into the tear ducts in order to block them from draining tears into the nasal passage when they are not needed for blinking or emotional responses such as crying. This treatment is a good option for patients who are unable to tolerate artificial tears due to allergies or sensitive eyes; however, because it does not address any underlying causes of chronic dryness (such as Sjögren’s syndrome), it does not always provide long-term relief from symptoms and may need additional interventions over time—such as surgery—to ensure proper drainage of excess fluids away from your eyes without leaving behind any residue behind that would aggravate existing conditions like blepharitis (inflammation around eyelashes) or rosacea (a skin condition affecting structures near the nose).

In cases where more serious treatments are necessary in order combat chronic dry eye conditions effectively enough so they do not interfere with daily life activities like sleeping comfortably at night while still being able to see clearly during daylight hours without discomfort.”

Dry Eye is a very common condition, and it is often treatable.

Dry Eye is a very common condition, and it is often treatable.

Dry Eye is a common condition that affects the eyes. It is the most common cause of vision loss in the elderly. It also affects younger people as well; in fact, dry eye affects more than 10 million Americans each year, with women being twice as likely to be affected as men are. Dry Eye occurs when there’s not enough moisture on your eye surface or around your eyes to keep them healthy. Some of its symptoms include eye irritation, burning sensations in the eyes and blurred vision (among others). There are many reasons why someone might develop this condition including: genetics; ocular surgery; trauma (like an accident); sun exposure over time; certain medications that you may be taking for other health conditions (i.e., antihistamines); hormone changes at various points throughout your life span; other medical conditions such as Sjogren’s syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis—just to name a few! If you’re experiencing these types of issues regularly then talk with us today about getting started with treatment options available so we can help prevent further damage from occurring!

Conclusion

After reading this article, you should have a better understanding of dry eye syndrome and its treatment. We hope that you can now take the next steps toward improving your vision and quality of life!