Focus on Dry Eyes
What is dry eye syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome occurs when the quality or quantity of your tears are insufficient to keep the surface of the cornea moist. If tear production is reduced or inhibited in some way our eyes will dry out and can result in soreness or irritation.
Some people may be more at risk of suffering from dry eye syndrome for example, contact lens wearers, diabetics, elderly (particularly 65+) and women going through the menopause. Other causes of dry eye include side-effects of medicines, illness and damage to your eyelid caused by disease or injury.
Dry eye is a painful conditions characterised by the following symptoms:
- a sandy-gritty irritation that gets worse as the day goes on
- a burning sensation
- itchy, red or tired eyes
- a feeling that you have some dust in your eye
Your local optician can diagnose dry eye syndrome during a routine sight test. He or she will use a slit lamp to examine the cornea and check that it is sufficiently moist.
Treatment for this painful condition is relatively straightforward. Your optometrist can advise on and supply a range of eye drops and eye ointments to soothe and lubricate the eye. Over-the-counter eye drops and sprays that help re-establish the film of tears and prevent loss of moisture are also available from most pharmacies and supermarkets.
As well as treating the condition with drops or artificial tears sufferers can minimise the symptoms of dry eye by making some small changes to their lifestyle. These include:
- Eating a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
- Keeping hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids (at least two litres a day)
- Avoiding air conditioned atmospheres where the air is artificially dry
Source: The Eyecare Trust
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