Dry Eye Symptoms
A Disease Without Symptoms, affecting vision for millions of people
Dry eyes are not always something you feel. Dryness can affect your vision without noticeable symptoms.
Symptoms can vary, and may include: irritation, redness, burning, scratchy or gritty feeling, excessive tearing and blurry vision.
Why Dry Eyes?
Common causes include:
Age. Dry eye is a natural part of aging. Most people over age 65 experience some symptoms of dry eyes.
Gender. Women are more likely to develop dry eyes due to hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, the use of oral contraceptives and menopause.
Environmental conditions. Exposure to smoke, wind and dry climates can increase tear evaporation resulting in dry eye symptoms.
Screen time. Extended screen time, whether the television, phone or computer
Wearing contacts for an extended period of time
Certain medications and medical conditions
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (referred to as MGD) is a leading cause of dry eye. Meibomian glands are tiny glands in the eye lids that produce essential oils that form the top protective layer of the tear film. When these glands become blocked or compromised, the surface of the eye becomes exposed and can lead to dry eye symptoms. Studies have shown that 86% of patients diagnosed with dry eye actually have symptoms caused by MGD!
We're here to help!
Here at Texas Eye we are committed to excellent eye care, and that includes providing you with the best technology, treatment options and physicians.
Treatment for your dry eyes may include adding tears using artificial tear solutions, conserving tears, increasing tear production, and treating the inflammation of the eyelids or eye surface that contributes to the dry eyes.
Beyond the discomfort and irritation, advanced dry eye may cause damage to the surface of the eye and visual impairment. It is important to treat dry eye to minimize your discomfort, but also to maintain the health of your eye!
Your doctor will take special care to assess how to best treat your needs.
Schedule your evaluation now to find the best option for you!