Banking Executive Will Gaines – Dry Eye Patient
Dry Eye Syndrome is exactly what it sounds like: the lack of natural tear production to adequately bathe your eyes so they stay moist and comfortable. At Mecklenburg Eye Associates, Dry Eye is diagnosed as part of a regular examination via FDA approved testing, as well as considering other factors such as family history.
The condition can reveal itself in many ways: stinging/burning eyes, scratchiness, blurred vision, eye redness, excessive tearing, or discomfort while wearing contact lenses.
Causes for Dry Eye are wide-ranging – including natural aging; as a result of systemic illnesses such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or thyroid disease; prescription medicine side effects (antihistamines, beta-blockers, diuretics, sleeping pills, pain relievers); as well as various environmental factors.
Fortunately, in most cases, Dry Eye Syndrome is easily treatable. Sometimes non-prescription eye drops are all you need. There are many on the market, including preservative-free drops for those with high sensitivity. However, prescription eye drops, medication or tear plugs that slow the drainage process of natural tears may be required. The method of treatment depends on individual case severity.
Many find relief by simply making dietary changes, adding foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, and many cuts of beef. In dry seasons, such as winter, adding a room humidifier can also help.
People who suffer with Dry Eye Syndrome should avoid anything which can aggravate the condition, such as extremely warm rooms, hair dryers, or wind (wrap-around glasses can help here). Smoking or smoke-filled rooms should also be avoided.
No matter what the cause, your Mecklenburg Eye Associates physician will help you determine the best course of action so you can enjoy clear, comfortable vision.