Why Are My Eyes Dry?

Why Are My Eyes Dry?
Posted on 05/06/2020
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Why Are My Eyes Dry?

 

Are your eyes dry and in need of care from a professional ophthalmologist? At Brass Eye Center, we see patients at our Latham and Clifton Park, New York, offices who are experiencing a variety of discomfort related to their vision and overall eye care. 

 

You’ll find our experienced and skilled professionals are able to diagnose the underlying causes of symptoms such as dry eyes and develop an individualized plan of care for your needs. Our vision treatment options include dry eye treatment as well as a host of other effective services designed to take care of your vision. 

 

 

Symptoms of Dry Eyes

 

Tears of joy, tears of sadness, tears for no reason — all tears are helpful for your eyes. With their mix of water, oil, mucus, antibodies and special proteins, tears give your eyes moisture and lubrication to help keep your vision sharp and your eyes comfortable. But when your eyes don’t produce enough tears — or produce low-quality tears — dry eyes can occur. 

 

Dry eyes can be uncomfortable at best, and indicate a more serious eye problem at worst. Common symptoms of dry eyes include:

 

  • Stinging or burning
  • A gritty feeling, like you, have something in your eye
  • Light sensitivity
  • Redness
  • Blurred vision and eye fatigue
  • Watery eyes
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses

 

 

Why Might I Have Dry Eyes?

 

If you are suffering from dry eyes, you are not alone. Based on data from the National Health and Wellness Survey, approximately 16.4 million people have been officially diagnosed with Dry Eye Disease — with millions more probably undiagnosed. While the chances of having DED increases with age, there are plenty of younger Brass Eye Center patients who have problems with dry eyes as well. Common causes of dry eyes include:

 

  • Increased tear evaporation caused by air conditioners, heaters, or similar external forces
  • Laser eye surgery, though symptoms of dry eyes related to this procedure are usually temporary 
  • Blinking less often, which tends to occur when you're concentrating, for example, while reading, driving or working at a computer
  • The natural aging process, especially menopause
  • Side effects of certain drugs like antihistamines
  • Certain medical conditions, including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, Sjogren's syndrome, thyroid disorders and vitamin A deficiency
  • Certain medications, including antihistamines, decongestants, hormone replacement therapy, antidepressants, and drugs for high blood pressure, acne, birth control and Parkinson's disease
  • Problems that don’t allow your eyelids to close the way they should such as out-turning of the lids (ectropion) and in-turning of the lids (entropion)

 

 

Dry Eye Treatments

 

There are several at-home treatments you may try if you are experiencing more temporary dry eye problems. The most common is the use of artificial tear drops and ointments. Many types of drops are available over the counter and no one product works for everyone, so you might have to try a few to figure out the one that’s right for you. 

 

NOTE: Many people with dry eyes only use over-the-counter drops when their eyes bother them. If your eyes are dry all the time, it’s important to use eye drops consistently throughout the day, even if your eyes are not feeling dry in order for your eyes to maintain the proper moisture. 

 

If you have ongoing problems with dry eyes, you should see your Latham and Clifton Park ophthalmologist for an evaluation to ensure you are receiving the proper treatment. Chronic dry eye treatments may include:

 

  • Prescription Restasis eye drops
  • Steroid eye drops
  • Oral nutritional supplements
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Temporary punctal occlusion
  • Non Dissolving punctal or lacrimal plugs and punctal occlusion by cautery 
  • Lipiflow
  • Surgery

 

 

Connect With Brass Eye Center Today!

 

You can find out more about the dry eye treatments above from your eye care experts at Brass Eye Center. We hope this information will help you understand more about the symptoms and treatment for dry eyes. 

 

If you've had prolonged signs and symptoms of dry eyes, including red, irritated, tired or painful eyes, please contact us today at 518-782-7827. We will be happy to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors. We can take steps to determine what's bothering your eyes and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Take care of one of your most treasured gifts — your eyesight! Schedule your eye care appointment today!