KEEP YOUR EYES FEELING COMFORTABLE
Do your eyes become watery or teary more often? Do your eyes feel like they have something in them, causing a gritty, discomforting feeling? If so, then you might be experiencing symptoms of dry eyes.
Dry eyes are a widespread eye condition that affects people of all ages. We offer comprehensive strategies and treatments to help mitigate your symptoms and get you back to enjoying your day to the fullest.
Please, book your appointment today so we can help you get the relief you deserve.
WHAT ARE DRY EYES?
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eyes are a chronic and progressive condition that occurs when your tear film, or any of it’s ingredients, becomes unstable or inadequate. This can lead to discomfort, inflammation, and potentially, corneal damage.
3 different ingredients (layers) make up your tear film: mucin, water, and lipids (oil). If these ingredients are lacking in any way, you may experience dry eye symptoms. Each of the tear film components has a different responsibility:
- Mucin helps ensure that your tear film spreads evenly over the surface of your eyes so that your eyes can stay comfortable and lubricated. It helps keep your other tear ingredients on your ocular surface.
- Water is the ingredient that helps wash away any particles or debris that may be on your ocular surface. The water layer is in between the mucin and lipid layers.
- Lipids, or oils, help seal in the water layer, making sure it does not evaporate too quickly.
DRY EYE CAUSES & SYMPTOMS
Some of the most common causes of dry eyes include:
Some of the most common symptoms of dry eyes include:
- A stinging, burning, or scratchy feeling.
- A gritty feeling like something is in your eyes.
- Eye redness.
- Overly watery, teary eyes.
- Stringy mucus in your eyes.
- Blurry or double vision.
- Eye fatigue.
- Light sensitivity.
- Difficulty seeing to drive at night.
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Difficulty focusing or paying attention to anything other than your ocular discomfort.
TESTING FOR DRY EYES