Dry Eye Syndrome
Not Producing Enough Tears? You May Have Dry Eye Syndrome.
If you’re struggling with the feelings of dry and itchy eyes, you may be experiencing a form of dry eyes. As with many eye related deficiencies, with age we become more susceptible to a syndrome known as dry eyes. It is estimated that nearly half of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from this irritating syndrome. Besides discomfort, dry eyes is also damaging to your vision.
If you’re dealing with any of the following symptoms, you should seek the care of an eye doctor:
Discomfort and sensitivity to light. Eyes will feel bothered by too much light and any time outside will require sunglasses.
Irritation and inflammation. Without enough tears, our eyes begin to feel itchy with an increased feeling of pressure inside the eye and on our eyelids.
Red eyes. Pink or bloodshot red eyes are indicators of swollen and infected eyes.
Blurred vision. The inability to see images clearly is related to the mixture of symptoms making it difficult for the eyes to function normally.
Too many tears. Sounds contradicting but an overproducing of tears is also not healthy. A lack of moisture in the eyes is a result of generating too many tears.
There’s more than one type.
ere are the three common types of dry eyes:
Dysfunctional tear syndrome. This type occurs when your eyes lack a good amount of tears.
Keratitis sicca. A type of dry eyes that involves inflammation in the cornea of the eye (clear front surface where light enters into the eye).
Keratoconjunctivitis sicca. In addition to an inflamed cornea, the conjunctiva part of the eye, the front surface of the eye and inner surface of the eyelids, experiences irritation.
There’s no quick fix for dry eyes, but relief is achievable.
Applying eye drops. Eye drops will aid in giving your eyes artificial tears and lubrication it’s lacking.
Using Restasis. With the prescription from an eye doctor, Restasis can help fight inflammation and over time help your body produce the real tears it needs. Keep in mind the effects of Restasis will be gradual. You can expect to see results in about 90 days or more.
Steroid eye drops. It’s a short-term solution, but steroid shots help your eyes deal with the symptoms of dry eyes. An eye doctor can recommend steroid shots if you are the right candidate, i.e. you will benefit from this specific type of eye drops.
Eating foods rich in omega-3s. Adding salmon, tuna, sardines, and flaxseed to your diet are a few of the foods that are healthy for your eyes and help protect against dry eyes.
Hayder Eye Care in El Paso is here to offer relief.
Don’t delay getting relief for the annoying feelings of dry eyes. The longer you live with the symptoms, the more challenging it becomes to reverse the effects. Take a step in the right direction by scheduling a routine eye exam at Hayder Eye Care in El Paso. Call us today at 915-592-4600.