Dry eye is a condition where your eyes do not produce enough tears, or your tears do not contain the proper chemical composition.
Factors that contribute to dry eye are normal aging process, hormonal changes, environmental conditions, computer use, problems with blinking, and certain medications such as oral contraceptives, antihistamines, and antidepressants.
You will experience stinging, scratchy, and uncomfortable eyes. Your vision can fluctuate, and your eyes may get watery because they are trying to create more tears to combat the dryness.
Come in for your eye examination and we will ask questions about your general health, use of medications, and environment at work and home. We can then determine if additional testing is required to evaluate the quality, amount, and distribution of tears to detect signs of dry eyes.
- Stay hydrated
- Use a humidifier
- Avoid a direct fan to your face
- Take frequent breaks during computer work
- Use high quality preservative-free artificial tears
- Apply warm compresses
- Take Omega 3 supplements
- Use prescription eye drops for advanced dry eye
It can be harmful if left untreated. Dry eye can cause tissue damage and possibly scar corneal tissue which is particularly sensitive. It can also make it difficult to wear contact lenses. Make sure to come see us for a dry eye evaluation and to follow through with the treatment options that we provide you.