Be Wise About Dry Eyes
2 min read, Tips For Optometry Patients
Dry Eyes, sometimes referred to as Dysfunctional Tear Syndrome, is one of the most common eye diseases in the world. This is a condition where your body produces poor quantity AND/OR quality tears.
Your tears work to protect and lubricate your eyes and clear out irritants. When you don't produce enough tears or when the tear film quality is poor, symptoms and conditions may develop ranging from mildly irritating to significantly affecting quality of life.
Risk factors that affect dry eye:
Only your eye doctor, following a comprehensive eye exam, can diagnose dry eyes as symptoms can vary by individual and are common amongst other conditions.
Book an eye exam if you have any of the following symptoms:
Treatments options for dry eyes range from regular use of artificial tears to medications and/or procedures that improve the quality and quantity of your tear production.
Here are some additional things you can do that may help reduce your risk of dry eyes or ease symptoms that exist:
Left untreated, dry eyes can lead to permanent damage of your eye's surface, eye inflammation, corneal abrasions, corneal ulcers and even vision loss. Don't leave it to chance. Be sure to get regular eye exams and let your doctor know of any changes you are experiencing in your vision.
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