Dry eye affects approximately 20 million people in the United States and unfortunately, many suffer quietly everyday, living in discomfort. If your eyes are red, gritty, itchy and burning, you may be suffering from Dry Eye disease. Overtime if left untreated, this disease can progress to serious damage to the front surface of the eye (cornea) causing scarring. This results in vision loss as well as poor eye health immunity.
Tears provide lubrication and reduce the risk of eye infection. They wash away foreign matter in the eye as well as keep the surface of the eye smooth and clear. With each blink of the eyelids, tears are spread across the front surface of the eye known as the cornea. Excess tears in the eyes flow into small drainage ducts in the inner corners of the eyelids, which drain in the back of the nose.
When our eyes are not properly lubricated, our vision and comfort can suffer greatly.Symptoms of Drye Eye
- irritated, scratchy, or burning eyes
- Excess watering
- A feeling of something in the eye
- Blurred vision
Causes of Dry Eye
Dry eye syndrome is a condition in which the eye does not produce enough tears, or the tears are of poor quality; either too thin to lubricate and nourish the eye or evaporating too quickly from the eye. Tears are necessary to lubricate the cornea to provide clear comfortable vision. DES is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.
- may be caused by instability of the tear film
- may involve inflammation of the glands that help produce the tear layers
- may be associated with other eye or health conditions including glaucoma, diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjogren's syndrome.
Treatment of Dry Eye
While dry eye can be a chronic condition, the doctors at Specs Appeal can provide treatment. This will provide you relief, keep your eyes healthy and prevent your vision from being affected.
Please contact our office to schedule an appointment with us if you are experiencing any discomfort in your eyes, or if you feel that you have insufficient eye moisture.