You blink, blink, blink - and no relief? This could be a symptom of Dry Eye Syndrome, technically referred to as keratoconjunctivitis sicca. It occurs when the eye produces an insufficient amount of tears, preventing eye tissues from being moisturized. Tears are required to protect sensitive eye tissues, as well as to flush away particles or debris that come in contact with the surface of the eye. Adequate tear production and moisturization is also required for good vision.
Not only is dry eye syndrome irritating, dry eyes can also become a chronic source of discomfort and poor vision. It is most common in women who wear contacts, as both contact lenses and hormonal fluctuations can affect tear production. However, there are other factors, both physiological and environmental, that can cause this treatable condition.
What are the symptoms of dry eye syndrome?
In addition to a noticeable decrease in eye moisture, patients with keratoconjunctivitis sicca can also experience a variety of other symptoms, including:
Itching or burning
A gritty or scratchy sensation
Unusual light sensitivity
What causes dry eyes?
In most cases, dry eyes are experienced by perfectly healthy adults, and is not a symptom of a major health problem. That being said, it is important that the condition is examined by a medical professional to determine the root cause. There are two main causes of dry eye syndrome: physiologic conditions and environmental factors.
Physiologic conditions that can cause dry eyes include:
Age: As we age, our oil production decreases. Natural oils help to seal the watery layer of the tear film. As oil production decreases, this tear film will dry up.
Hormonal fluctuations: Because women are more prone to hormonal fluctuations, they suffer more frequently from dry eyes than men.
Rheumatoid arthritis: A link has been shown between rheumatoid arthritis and dry eyes.
Sjorgren Syndrome: A rare autoimmune disorder.
Additional causes: Parkinson's disease, certain medications, thyroid conditions and Vitamin A deficiencies can also cause symptoms of dry eyes.
How can I get rid of dry eyes?
While artificial tears can provide a comfortable, short-term remedy for dry eye syndrome, we recommend that individuals suffering from dry eye symptoms come in for a complete medical evaluation. Artificial tears are not a permanent fix, and can have drawbacks when used for long periods of time, including increased eye irritation.
Here are some of the approaches we take at Patients Medical to get rid of dry eyes:
LASIK: If you wear contacts, make an appointment with us to see if you are a candidate for LASIK vision correction. Dry eyes has never been a side effect for any of his LASIK patients.
BHRT: Women can consider having their hormones tested. If hormone imbalances are the cause of your dry eyes, bio-identical hormone therapy can be used to help improve your symptoms.
IV Nutrient Therapy: If chronic dehydration or vitamin deficiencies are the cause, IV nutrient therapy is an effective means of delivering essential nutrients directly into your blood stream.
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