If your eyes are dry and painful, you may be suffering from dry eye. Dry eye leads to irritation and several other uncomfortable symptoms. If you think you may have this condition, it's a good idea to get an eye exam from an optometrist for diagnosis and treatment. Following are the answers to several questions our optometrist frequently receives regarding dry eyes.
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a condition that is marked by several symptoms and generally has two main causes. Either the tear film on the front of the eye is not enough, or the tear film is of bad quality. In both cases, there isn't enough tear film to coat the front of the eye and keep it lubricated. This is what causes dry eye.
What Are Some Symptoms of Dry Eye?
There are many symptoms of dry eye and you may have more than one. The most common symptom is eyes that feel dry and irritated. Your eyes may also sting, burn, itch, or simply hurt. Many people feel eye fatigue as well as headaches. The condition can cause your eyes to turn red as well as cause blurry vision and increased sensitivity to light. It can cause it to be more difficult to read and to drive at night.
What Are the Causes of Dry Eye?
Dry eye can be caused by getting older, as the body simply doesn't make as much tear film later in life. It can also be caused by taking certain medications including immunosuppressants and antidepressants. Several medical conditions including thyroid problems and diabetes can contribute to dry eye. Dry eye can also occur due to environmental factors. This is especially true in the winter when the air is drier.
How Can You Relieve Dry Eye Symptoms?
There are several ways that you can relieve your pain and irritation. Holding a wet cloth up to your eyes can help to add moisture and relieve pain. You can also get a humidifier and run it inside your home so that the air isn't as dry. There are also eye drops that can give you fast relief from the pain and irritation.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist in Livermore, CA
Call Livermore Optometry Group today at (925) 447-3883 for more information on dry eye syndrome or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.