Dry Eye Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
Dry eye can cause many symptoms, including the appearance of red eyes and the feeling that something gritty is stuck on the surface of your eye. Many people suffer from dry eye, and thankfully, treatment is available. At Livermore Optometry Group, our eye doctor and eye care team are here to help you get the symptom relief that you need. Let's take a look at what you need to know about finding relief from dry eye.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a condition that is marked by a variety of symptoms and generally has two main causes. Either the tear film on the front of the eye is insufficient, 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 the Symptoms of Dry Eye?
Many people who have dry eye experience multiple symptoms. The most common symptom is eyes that feel dry and irritated. Your eyes may also sting, burn, itch, or feel tired. Many people with dry eye also get headaches. Dry eye can cause your eyes to turn red, as well as cause blurry vision and increased sensitivity to light. The condition can cause it to be more difficult to read and to drive at night.
What Are the Causes of Dry Eye?
Often, dry eye happens naturally, without a source that can be pinpointed. Dry eye can be caused by getting older, as the body doesn't make as much tear film later in life. The condition can also be caused by 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. People who spend much of their time in air-conditioned environments may also experience dry eye.
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. If you're experiencing dry eye frequently, it's important to reach out to your optometrist to check for underlying causes.
Livermore Optometry Group: Your Home for Livermore, Dublin, and Pleasanton, CA, Eye Care
If you're dealing with dry eye, we're here to help! Call Livermore Optometry Group today for more information on dry eye syndrome or to schedule an eye exam with our eye doctor.