The symptoms of dry eye can include burning, itching, soreness, aching, redness, fluctuating vision, glare sensitivity and visual fatigue
Dry eye is caused by a poor ability of your eyes to produce tears which is known as aqueous deficiency or a poor ability to maintain the tear film which is known as evaporative dry eye.
Dry Eyes Explained
Aqueous deficient dry eye is usually caused by older age or health related conditions that reduce tear production, such as diabetes, thyroid conditions, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis or Sjogrens Disease.
Evaporative dry eye can be associated with prolonged use of digital devices, contact lens wear, dry or windy environments, air conditioning or heating, smoking, medications and eyelid problems.
Dry eye cannot be cured and ongoing management will be required. Early diagnosis and treatment may prevent disease progression.
Treatments include artificial tears, increased blinking, hot compresses, lid hygiene, Omega 3 supplements, improved environment, protective glasses/sunglasses, prescription eye drops or surgery.
For more severe dry eye symptoms, we can perform lid scrubs in office.