Ten Symptoms of Dry Eye

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Dry Eye

Dry Eye affects approximately 16% of Australians and around 10 million Americans.

The medical term for this condition is “keratoconjunctivitis sicca”

 Pronounced  (ker-uh-to-kun-junk-ti-VIE-tis sik-uh).

Dry Eye is one of the most common problems treated by eye physicians. Dry Eye is a very common problem with a gritty or sandy feeling in the eye and often redness of the eye. If your eyes do not produce enough tears or the composition of the tears causes them to evaporate too quickly, you can be prone to dry eye.  Dry eye causes excessive tears that burn and itch, which sounds the opposite to the name “dry eye”.

The tear film has three basic layers: oil, water and mucus. This mixture helps make the surface of your eyes smooth and clear. Problems with any of these layers can cause dry eye symptoms. Without tears, good vision is impossible, so tears are vital to good eye health. Tears not only wash out dust etc but also help keep the eye surface moist.

Ten Symptoms of Dry Eye

1. Irritation and itching.

2. Sore red eyes.

3. Gritty or sandy feeling in the eyes.

4. Burning or stinging sensation.

5. Excessive tears or watery eyes.

6. Blurring of vision.

7. Stringy mucus in or around your eyes.

8. Eye fatigue after short periods of reading or working on computer

9. Sensitivity to light

10. Increased eye irritation from smoke or wind

*** Please check with your Doctor or Eye Care Professional for advice, especially if you have these symptoms and they persist for more than a few days.

 Factors Contributing to Dry Eye

* Ask  your Doctor about the side effects.

Dry Eye Treatments

Treating dry eye is important not only for your comfort but also for your eye health. Left untreated dry eye syndrome can lead to eye inflammation and problems with your cornea.

 ** Ask your Eye Care Professional for advice with Dry Eyes as everyone has individual needs.

***Please treat this information as a general guide only and always consult your Doctor or Eye Care Professional before trying any treatment suggested above.

“TheraTears” gets good reports for helping with dry eyes. Recently it has been found that dry eyes can be helped by a daily dietary supplement of Omega-3 essential fatty acid using “TheraTears Nutrition” (Omega-3 supplement with flaxseed and fish oils and Vitamin D).

“BioTears” also gets good reports.

*NB I have not used any of theses products so cannot make personal observations, however I do use a product called “TheraTears SteriLid” Eyelid cleanser that I find very good for help with Blepharitis and general crustiness in my eyes. It  has worked for me.

** Coming soon in my blog, I will review the Dry Eye Chapter in “The Eye Care Revolution. Prevent and Reverse Common Vision Problems” by Robert Abel Jr. MD

** Coming soon a blog on “Blepharitis…what is it?”

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