“Dry Eyes” are the most common patient complaint. About 59 million Americans suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome (DES). Dry eye may occur because the tear glands are unable to make enough tears and or deficient oil or mucous production. It can also happen because there is a chemical irregularity in the tears produced or an eyelid inflammatory process. DES is most commonly seen in the eyes of the elderly, however you can have dry eyes for a variety of reasons including: environmental, computers and devices, contact lens wear, allergies, medications and, auto-immune diseases such as lupus, arthritis or thyroid disorders. Common dry eye symptoms include red, dry, scratchy, irritated eyes, a gritty or sandy feeling in the eyes, or difficulty wearing contact lenses in comfort and in some cases can cause blurry vision. If you suffer from any of the symptoms of dry eye you want to get a professional examination and an accurate diagnoses and treatment.
Patients who have had their dry eyes treated not only have more comfortable eyes, but many have also seen improvements in their allergies, asthma, sinus and ear problems.
If you suffer from “Itchy Eyes” you may be one of 50 million Americans with Allergy related eye problems. Itchy, red, swollen, watering eyes can occur when your immune system mistakes substances called allergens, as unwanted intruders. To protect your eyes against allergens, your body releases histamines, which cause the itching. Fortunately, relief can be as easy as using eye drops containing antihistamines to block the body’s reaction. Eye infections, that may look similar (pink eye), are treated with other medications when the cause is not simply allergy.
The most common way that individuals treat dry eye syndrome is through the use of artificial tears eye drops. Unfortunately, extended use of some over-the-counter eye drops or gels will often exacerbate the issue of dry eye. This is particularly the case of eye drops containing preservatives, including benzalkonium hexachloride (BAK), which are known to damage the cornea after long-term use. As a result, you should always get a prescription or recommendation for OTR eye drops before starting this treatment method. Other treatments for dry eye syndrome include steroid eye drops, tear production medicines like RestasisÆ, and special lenses.
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