Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eye Syndrome is a result of the eye producing fewer or less quality tears leaving the surface of the eye unable to keep its surface lubricated and comfortable. The continuous production and drainage of tears is important to the eye's health. Tears keep the eye moist, help wounds heal, and protect against eye infection. In people with dry eye, the eye is unable to keep its surface lubricated and comfortable.
Surprisingly, one of the main symptoms of dry eye is watering of the eyes, sometimes running down the cheeks. This is because a dry eye is constantly trying to keep itself wet by crying. However, these tears are not a good lubricant. While loss of vision is uncommon, you may suffer from dry eye if your eyes have a history of:
- • Stinging or burning
- • Scratchy or sandy sensations
- • Stringy discharge
- • Pain and redness
- • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- • “Heavy” sensations on the eyelids
- • Blurred, changing, or decreased vision
Dry eye is more common in women, especially after menopause. Dry eye can occur in climates with dry air, as well as with the use of some drugs, including antihistamines, nasal decongestants, tranquilizers, and anti-depressant drugs. People with connective tissue diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or Sjogren's syndrome, can also develop dry eye.
Dry Eye Treatment
Artificial tears, which lubricate the eye, are commonly used to treat dry eye. Other treatments include anti-inflammatory medications, such as Restasis, Xiidra, topical steroids, omega 3’s and temporary or permanent closure of the puncta (small openings at the inner corner of the eyelids where tears drain from the eye) using tiny plugs.
The eye doctors at South County Eye Care will customize your treatment plan based upon a thorough examination of the ocular surface to achieve maximal results.