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Dry Eye

What is dry eye?

Dry eye is the loss or reduction of the eye’s normal ability to produce tears and/or the evaporation of the tears that are produced. It is one of the most frequent causes of visits to an eye care professional. A variety of factors may cause or contribute to this problem.

  • Aging
  • Medications, including antihistamines, birth control pills, diuretics, cardiovascular medications, pain relievers, and anti-inflammatories
  • Eye strain from reading or computer work
  • A dry environment
  • Capping of the oil glands

What are the symptoms?

Typical symptoms of dry eye include

  • Stinging or burning
  • A gritty feeling
  • Discharge that forms a crust at night
  • Excess tearing
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses

How can you prevent dry eye?

There are three approaches to restoring the eyes’ moisture.

Minimizing drying

  • Avoid dry situations, such as an overheated room, wind, and smoke
  • Outdoors, wear wraparound glasses to reduce the drying effect of wind
  • Hot compresses on the eyes to keep the oil (protective outer layer) producing glands in your lids open and flowing

Add lubrication

  • Use eye drops to add moisture directly to your eyes, or if wearing contact lenses, use rewetting drops
  • Use a humidifier

Conserve your own tears

  • Your eye doctor may choose to temporarily or permanently close the canals that drain tears from your eye to your nose

Produce more tears

  • Continued use of oral omega 3 supplements have shown to stimulate tear production

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