Here at Matossian Eye Associates, there are certain questions and challenges that our patients face on an almost daily basis. Itchy, burning or tearing eyes is one of the most prevalent problems that our patients report, and with good reason. Anyone who has ever experienced these type of issues with their eyes will know and understand how frustrating, painful and debilitating these kind of conditions can be. In medical terms, this disease is known as Dry Eye.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye can be caused by a number of reasons including but not limited to:
- The Natural Aging Process
- The side effects of taking specific medications
- Physical issues with the eyelids which prevent them from closing properly
- Certain illnesses which restrict the body's capability to produce tears
- Frequent use of technology, including computers, e-tablets and smartphones
What Do Tears Do, And Why Are They So Important For Your Comfort And Eyesight?
Tears are a critical component of your eyesight, as they assist with the process of lubricating and nourishing your eyes. The process of blinking is similar to a window wiper on a car windshield, although, in relation to the eyes, blinking spreads the tears across the surface of the eye. The tears lubricate the eyes, help to reduce the risk of eye infections, present a barrier that keeps foreign materials out of the eye, and help to maintain a smooth surface on the eye.
What is The Range Of Symptoms That Patients With Dry Eye Experience?
People with dry eye may complain about itching, burning, tearing, fluctuating vision, and a sensation that there is something in the eye. One of the most commonly asked questions patients ask is quite reasonably “How can my eyes be dry if they are tearing?” The answer to relates to the quality of the tears. Unfortunately, reflex tears, which are the type of tears produced by the body when eyes are irritated, dry and or burning, are of inferior quality. As a consequence, they do not lubricate the eyes properly, which then exacerbates the problem.
Is Dry Eye Easy To Diagnose and Treat?
The good news is that we can run a wide variety of different tests to confirm or diagnose dry eye. Likewise, once we have identified the issue, you have numerous treatment options. If some of the symptoms mentioned above are similar or identical to the issues you or a loved one are currently suffering, we encourage you to contact us and book an appointment.
Although dry eye is a problem that affects millions of people across the United States, you have no reason to suffer in silence. We understand just how frustrating, painful and invasive dry eye can be, which is why we are fully committed to ensuring that our patients are not forced to suffer from this issue. Don’t let dry eye cause you any more inconvenience or pain. Book your appointment now and take the first step towards pain-free eyes today.
By Jennine Lutz, O.D.