Dry eye affects millions of people every single day across the globe. In fact, it’s the most common reason why people visit their eye doctor.
So what exactly is dry eye? Keep reading to find out!
Tears are very important for eye health. They are also essential to help us see. They lubricate our eyes’ surface and help prevent infections. You may have noticed that when realize you have something in your eye, a minute later it goes away. That is from tears washing it away.
Although dry eye can affect anyone at any age, it typically affects people as they age. Their hormones are changing especially during menopause. This can cause dry eye. Many medical conditions and prescriptions can also cause dry eye. Some of these are antihistamines, birth control pills, and antidepressants. Watching television or doing an activity that requires intense focus can lead to dry eye because you do not end up blinking as much as you normally would.
While the main symptom of dry eye is, of course, your eyes feeling dry, there are more. Some of these include blurred vision, light sensitivity, itching, and redness. Symptoms will vary from person to person, so it is important to talk with your eye doctor if you are feeling any of these. Although dry eye is not dangerous, it’s important to make sure that there is nothing else happening to your vision.
We want your eyes to be the healthiest they possibly can be. If you are experiencing dry eye and want to find out what will help, contact us today. Our friendly staff will work with you to help you.