Dryness and irritation in the eyes can make reading a book or working at a computer painful and unpleasant. At Optom-Eyes Vision Care Optometry in El Centro and San Diego, California, an expert team of optometrists helps patients manage their dry eye symptoms through comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about how you can avoid living with dry eyes.
Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or the tears your eyes do produce dissolve too quickly. When that happens, your eyes don’t receive enough lubrication and your eyes become dry.
People struggling with dry eye syndrome have a hard time performing regular activities that require visual concentration, such as reading, writing, or using the computer. Their eyes might also be more sensitive in dry environments, especially if they are in them for extended periods.
Dry eye syndrome progresses over time. Proper care and treatment are necessary to avoid long-term consequences, such as permanent corneal damage or vision loss.
More often than not, age is a common cause for dry eyes. The older you get, the slower your tear production and the dryer your eyes become. Women going through menopause are also more susceptible to dry eyes, as hormonal changes can affect tear production.
Other known causes of dry eye include:
The most common symptoms of dry eye syndrome include the following:
While these are the most common symptoms, there are others that can be indicative of dry eye syndrome, like foreign body sensation. This involves feeling that something is in your eye, when, in fact, the dryness makes you more aware of your eyelid.
Another common, but contradictory, symptom is watery eyes. Because dryness is not a natural state for your eyes, they may overproduce the watery component of tears as a protective mechanism. However, these tears dissolve too quickly to actually make a difference.
An optometrist at Optom-Eyes Vision Care Optometry might recommend any of the following treatment options:
Don’t suffer from dry eyes one more day. If you think you’re suffering from dry eye syndrome, book a consultation online or by calling the office.