What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a syndrome caused by poor lubrication and inadequate moisture on the surface of the eye.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Many factors contribute to dry eye. These factors can include aging, excessive computer use, air pollution, wind, medications, and certain medical conditions or eye surgeries.
How Common is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eyes are very common. In fact, dry eye syndrome is one of the most common reasons people visit their eye doctor. Nearly half of all adults regularly experience dry eye syndrome.
What are the Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome?
Symptoms of dry eye syndrome include a burning sensation of the eyes and feelings of soreness, itchiness, dryness, aching, and fatigue of the eyes. Other symptoms include red eyes, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. Some people feel like they have sand or grit in their eyes.
What are the Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eyes are usually the result poor quality or quantity of tears, which is a liquid that keeps the eye lubricated. Tears bathe the eyes in fluid and nutrients, and rinse away dirt, debris, and microorganisms that could cause eye infections.
How do Eye Doctors Diagnose Dry Eye Syndrome?
Eye care professionals can diagnose dry eye syndrome by measuring the volume of tears produced by your eyes. An eye doctor may place special blotting strips of paper under your lower eyelid; these paper strips soak up tears so that your eye doctor can measure how much tears your eyes produce.
What are the treatments for dry eyes?
Treatments for dry eyes may include punctual plugs that prevent tears from draining away from the eye, lubricants, topical steroids, and warm compresses.
Can I Wear Contacts if I Have Dry Eye Syndrome?
Wearing contact lenses can contribute to dry eye syndrome. In fact, dry eyes are one of the main reasons many people stop wearing their contact lenses. Fortunately, several different types of contact lenses allow you to wear these lenses even if you have dry eyes. Ask your eye care professional if soft contact lenses for dry eyes or scleral contact lenses that fit over the entire corneal surface of your eye are right for you.
What Do I Do if I Think I have Dry Eyes?
If you think you have dry eyes, make an appointment with the eye care professionals at Eye Site Texas. We have two locations to serve you. Our Memorial Location is at 700 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 2460, in Houston; you can reach us there by calling (713) 984-9144. Make an appointment at our Katy Location at 25242 Kingsland Blvd. in Katy, TX, by calling (281) 644-2010.