Dry Eye Syndrome:
One of the most common problems treated by eye physicians. Over ten million Americans suffer from dry eyes.
Overview of Dry Eye Syndrome: Dry Eye Syndrome is usually caused by a problem with the quality of the tear film that lubricates the eyes.
Signs & Symptoms: Increased discomfort after periods of reading, watching TV, or working on a computer.
Detection & Diagnosis There are several methods to test for dry eye syndrome. The doctor will first determine the underlying cause by measuring the production, evaporation rate and quality of the tear film.
Treatment: When it comes to treating dry eye syndrome, everyone’s needs are a little different. Many find relief simply from using artificial tears on a regular basis. There are several medical options available on the market. This website was designed to help anyone who may be suffering from dry eye syndrome to obtain useful information about this common eye problem. We hope you find the information contained within useful. For one-to-one questions, please consult Dr. Stephen Slade MD.
Dry eye syndrome affects millions of Americans around the country today. Dry eye syndrome can manifest in mild or severe symptoms. Today, we have made many advances in treating dry eye syndrome, but there is no outright cure for it. Some patients can manage it with just eye drops, while other patients might need more involved procedures.
Dry eye syndrome is caused by many different factors in a patients life. Causes can range from family history to environmental factors. Many cases of dry eye syndrome are job related, whether you work at a computer or at a construction site. Staring at a computer for hours at a time can cause dry eye, because of insufficient blinking. A construction site causes dry eye for obvious reasons, such as dirt or dust getting into the eye, or windy conditions.
Dry eye syndrome is the most common complaint patients have when visiting their eye doctor. Dry eye syndrome is extremely common and can be caused by many things. But how exactly is it treated? There are many options out there to treat dry eye syndrome, and your eye doctor can help you determine which treatment is best for you.
Most patients start off using artificial tears as a treatment. This helps, but only treats the symptoms of dry eye and not the actual cause. Many practices are now offering a treatments like Restasis® and LipiFlow® , which help treat the root cause of dry eye symptoms. A diet rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids are proven to help combat dry eyes, and there are many Omega-3 supplements available on the market with no prescription needed.
Common symptoms of Dry Eye
- Discomfort and irritation
- Grittiness or feeling of a foreign body in the eye
- Burning or stinging sensation
- Vision disturbance
- Sensitivity to light
The symptoms of Dry Eye can be uncomfortable- and a big burden. Basic visual tasks, such as reading, using a computer, driving or watching television may become difficult. Wearing contact lenses may be impossible. And, you might find that symptoms worsen later in the day, keeping you from enjoying the activities you want to do.
Underlying the considerable discomfort is a real physical condition that needs treatment to stop the cycle of Dry Eye deterioration and worsening symptoms. Dry Eye is a chronic disease- and without proper management, the deterioration may look like this:
- Increased evaporation of tears
- Unstable tear film
- Damage to the eye surface
- Further discomfort
- Inflammation and cell damage
- Fluctuation and decrease in vision
Contact lens intolerance can also be a symptom of dry eye. Sometimes, a patient with mild to moderate dry eye may not experience symptoms until contact lenses are fitted. The placement of a contact lens can upset the delicate balance of tear film production and distribution, leading to lens intolerance.