The symptoms of dry eye disease, which are all too common, can be quite bothersome. Dry eyes are characterized by a number of unpleasant symptoms, including blurred vision, red eyes, sensitivity to light, and a burning, gritty, or scratchy sensation. MayoClinic states that it is possible to suffer from dry eyes if your tear production is insufficient or if the quality of your tears is poor.
Maintaining clean eyesight and soothing your eyes requires tears to constantly cover the surface of your eyes. The tear film is made up of oil, water, and mucus. Dry eyes can be caused by problems with any of these factors.
Dry eyes are a common problem that many people have at some point in their lives. Several variables affect the lubrication of the surface of the eye, including age, environment, hormones, air travel, and exposure to the outdoors. Dry eyes can be caused by a number of factors, including aging, medication use, eyelid issues, and prolonged computer use. Dry eye syndrome is more common in people with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, sarcoidosis, thyroid disorders, and other autoimmune diseases.
Dry eyes may seem little more than an annoyance, but they can cause serious vision problems, so it's crucial to get checked out if you're experiencing any of the classic symptoms, such as redness, itching, or pain.
Some persons who suffer from persistent dry eyes have a problem with glands in their eyelids. These glands are called meibomian glands. Tears evaporate more slowly because of the oil produced by these glands. If the glands become clogged, the oil content of tears decreases. The eyes grow dry because the tears evaporate too quickly. Evaporative dry eye is the name given to this form of dry eye. Blockage of the meibomian glands is a common symptom of ocular rosacea, a condition that causes inflammation of the skin of the eyelids.
Lubricating eye drops can be purchased without a prescription and are the first line of defense against dry eyes. The potential for contamination and infection can be reduced by using products from the many brands that include preservatives. Over time, the poisonous effects of the poisonous substance might become harmful to the surface of the eye. People who need to use lubricating eye drops more than four times a day due to chronic dry eye should look for drops that don't include preservatives. Consider using disposable vials to cut down on the possibility of cross-contamination. When applying eye drops, take care to avoid touching the eye itself to avoid spreading germs.
If your dry eye symptoms persist despite using eye drops and other common treatments, you should see an eye doctor; if the cause is blocked tear ducts, you may benefit from prescription treatments such as anti-inflammatory drugs, neuro stimulators that can trigger or increase tear production, and, in rare cases, steroids to reduce inflammatory conditions.
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