Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry Eye Syndrome (DES), or Ocular Surface Disease (OSD), is one of the most common eye disorders. It can be found in 20% of the population. DES is caused when one or all of the components of the tear film aren’t in balance.

What Risk Factors are there?

What Risk Factors are there?

Dry eyes develop for various reasons, such as:

  • Age: Many people over 65 may experience symptoms of dry eye.
  • Gender: Women have a higher chance of developing dry eyes.
  • Medications: Certain medications such as antihistamines and decongestants can reduce tear production.
  • Medical Conditions: People with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid problems have a higher chance of showing symptoms.
  • Environmental Conditions: Being exposed to smoke, wind and dry climates may increase tear evaporation; not blinking regularly may also contribute to dry eyes.
  • Using contact lenses for a significant amount of time.
  • Refractive eye surgeries, including LASIK, may decrease tear production.

What are the Symptoms?

What are the Symptoms?

Common symptoms that result from Dry Eye Syndrome are:

  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Scratchiness
  • Burning
  • Watery eyes

Advanced dry eyes may also damage the front surface of your eye and impair your vision.

How does Dry Eye get Treated?

How does Dry Eye get Treated?

If you are experiencing Dry Eye Syndrome, the necessary treatment will depend on the reason why you are experiencing symptoms. For example, if reduced tear production is behind your dry eye, the solution may be a change of nutrition in your diet. There is evidence that increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids can help relieve dry eye syndrome.

Working in dry or dusty environments or spending a significant amount of time looking at computer monitors can cause your eyes to dry out faster than average. This can also happen if you are in smoky environments or partake in activities such as skiing or bike riding.

Treatment plans we may give to you for Dry Eye Syndrome may include:

  • Procedures to revitalize the oil glands with TempSure Envi
  • Lid margin hygiene for improving oil gland production
  • Prescription eye drop medication
  • Supplements