Dry eye syndrome (DES) occurs when tear production and drainage are not in balance. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or their tears are of poor quality. The result? Unpleasant symptoms, including itching, burning, redness, watery eyes, excessive tearing—and even eye pain. Dry eye syndrome can also increase your risk for more serious eye problems like corneal ulcers.
Without treatment or proper medication, DES can worsen over time. Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for dry eye syndrome. However, there are a number of effective ways to prevent or treat symptoms. Make an appointment today with our trusted optometrists for evaluation and personalized treatment options.
Do you have teary or watery eyes? Burning, itchiness, or a sandy feeling around your eyelids?
You might have dry eye syndrome.
While over 80% of dry eye cases are due to blocked oil glands in the eyelids — a condition called meibomian gland dysfunction or evaporative dry eye — other factors can also cause this syndrome. These include:
Auto-immune disorders – this includes Sjogren’s disease and arthritis, among others.
Age – there’s a higher prevalence of DES in those over 50 years of age.
Environment – dry wind, dry air, and dry climates can evaporate the tears. Home and car heaters, air conditioners, fans, and hair dryers also cause tears to evaporate.
Gender – the majority of dry eye sufferers are women. This tends to be caused by hormonal changes, whether through the use of contraceptives, pregnancy, or menopause.
Medication – these include antidepressants, decongestants, and blood pressure medications.
Do any of these symptoms seem familiar?
If so, you may have dry eye syndrome.
Dry eye syndrome commonly occurs because your eyes are not producing enough tears, or the tears being produced don’t contain the proper components to keep the eyes hydrated. An eye doctor can perform tests to determine what is causing your dry eyes and how to best treat the symptoms.
Yes! After your visit with us, our optometrists will recommend a regimen that can include vitamins, eye drops, warm compresses, etc. Many of these products are also available in our clinic. For more information, click here.