Occasionally, we all feel that itchy, burning sensation of dry eyes, but in some individuals, this condition is near constant. Their eyes don’t produce enough tears to lubricate the eye surface and so every blink feels a little like sandpaper.
The treatment for dry eye syndrome can vary. Simple environmental changes, such as adding a humidifier or wearing sunglasses on a windy day, can help minimize symptoms. Artificial tears may be sufficient to provide relief. In other instances, prescription medications can help to reduce inflammation. Surgically eliminating the tear ducts either temporarily or permanently can help to prevent existing tears from draining away from the eye.
The doctors at Vision Institute can help those patients with dry eye syndrome find relief.
Dry eye syndrome can be caused by some medications, such as antihistamines, sleeping pills, pain relievers and more. In other instances, its cause is unknown. Dry eye syndrome affects women more often than men, and is particularly common in women after menopause.
Dry eye syndrome can also cause the eyes to overproduce tears and generate mucous that further irritate the eyes. And then there are environmental causes such as winter cold air, smoke, and wind that exacerbate dry eye symptoms.For more information on dry eye syndrome, visit EyeSmart