Symptoms of Dry Eye May Include:
A burning, stinging, or scratchy sensation in the eyes.
Eyes may redden and become easily irritated by wind or smoke.
The eyes may produce stringy mucus.
Contact lenses may be difficult or impossible to wear.
Sometimes the eye will actually produce excessive tears, and overflow.*
*Though it sounds contradictory,
sometimes the eye will actually produce excessive tears, and overflow.
The eye becomes irritated by the lack of lubrication and attempts to
cleanse itself with a flood of tears. This is a similar phenomenon to
the tearing that occurs when foreign matter is stuck in one’s eye.
Dry eye syndrome is typically more common in older
people and women; however, there are many other factors that can cause
this to happen. A common cause of dry eye can be over the counter and
prescription medications such as antihistamines, beta-blockers, sleeping
pills, pain relievers and many others. Overuse of diuretics can also
play a role in developing dry eye. For this reason, it is very
important to inform your ophthalmologist about any medications you are
currently taking, which can help the doctor in the proper diagnosis of
Sometimes the cause is unknown in a case of dry eye.
Known causes of dry eye may be natural, related to a larger condition,
or the side effect of certain medications. Also, tear production often
slows down as people get older. This is particularly common for women
Treatments for Dry Eye
Conserving tears: An
effective way to make better use of the tears in the eye is surgery to
close the tear ducts, thus preventing existing tears from leaving the
eye as quickly. This may be done temporarily, with punctal plugs made
of collagen, or permanently with silicone plugs or by cauterizing the
tear ducts closed.
Controlling one’s environment:
Patients should avoid situations in which tears evaporate quickly; for
example, by using a humidifier in a dry house, wearing wrap-around
glasses in the wind, and not smoking.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of dry eye, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a consultation.