Dry eye syndrome is one of the more common eye conditions. It results in tired, irritated eyes that cannot create enough tears to keep them properly lubricated. The condition causes symptoms that make you uncomfortable and could impact your vision. We have gathered some of the frequently asked questions about dry eye at Eye Clinic of Sandpoint.
Is Dry Eye Syndrome Considered a Disease?
Dry eye syndrome is not considered a disease. Instead, it is a common condition that occurs when your eyes cannot produce enough tears for adequate lubrication. Some of the more common symptoms include redness in both eyes, a stinging sensation, and mucous discharge.
What Are The Causes of Dry Eye?
There are a variety of reasons why you may have experienced dry eye. The most common cause is having functioning problems with your tear film. This area consists of three components (fatty oils, aqueous fluid, and mucus). Each is expected to keep the eye's surface lubricated. Dry eye syndrome occurs when the tear film stops producing tears. It could happen in situations like sitting on an airplane, an extended stay in an air-conditioned room or working long hours in front of a computer screen.
What Are Treatment Options For Dry Eye?
Our optometrists at Eye Clinic of Sandpoint will provide treatment options for your dry eye syndrome. Treatment begins with examining your eyes and eliminating the possible causes before making a final diagnosis. Your treatment will depend on the severity of your condition. Mild cases of dry eye can be treated with over-the-counter artificial teardrops. You can find the product in the pharmacy section of most supermarkets. Check with our optometrists on which brand we recommend. More moderate cases of dry eye will require a combination of prescription eye drops and nutritional supplements to treat the condition.
Is it Wise to Wear Contact Lenses While Suffering From Dry Eye?
Most optometrists feel wearing contact lenses contributes to dry eye syndrome. We may suggest changing your brand of lenses to reduce the symptoms. However, you may need to change your usage if your contact lenses have contributed to your dry eye syndrome. It is the leading cause of why individuals stop wearing contact lenses.
Contact Our Optometrists in Sandpoint, ID
If you are suffering from dry eye syndrome, schedule an appointment with our team at Eye Clinic of Sandpoint. Call our team today at (208) 263-8501 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.