If your eyes sting, itch or burn, you may be experiencing the common signs of “dry eye.” If you feel as though something foreign is in your eye or you experience general discomfort, that may also be a sign of dry eye syndrome.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry Eye Syndrome describes eyes that do not produce enough tears. We all produce fewer tears as we get older, which can also lead to dry eye symptoms. As we get older, our exposure to environmental conditions, as well as medications, contraceptives, and/or anti-depressants, can contribute to symptoms of dry eye. People will certain diseases, such as arthritis, may also be prone to dry eye syndrome.
Will dry eye harm my eyes?
If left untreated, dry eye syndrome can damage tissue and impair your vision. It can also make contact lens wear more difficult, which can lead to irritation and potentially, an eye infection. Therefore, it is important to follow the recommended treatment plan proposed by an eye doctor.
In order to assess you, we will ask you about your medical and family history.
While there is no cure for dry eye syndrome, we can provide measures to ensure your eyes remain healthy, either through tear substitutes, ointment treatment, or small plugs.
If you have any of the symptoms listed, please book a consultation with us today and book an appointment with an optometrist at our location.