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Dry eye may not sound like a serious condition, but you'd be surprised at how annoyingly it can interfere with your quality of life -- unless, of course, you already have it, in which case you know all too well. If you need to find out what causes dry eye, what it can do your vision and how you can put a stop to it, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions from our optometrists at Sites Vision Clinic, Dr. Brian Murray, and Dr. Paula Murray.
Dry eye is a syndrome usually associated with abnormal or insufficient tear film. The tear film is a multilayered coating of mucous, water and oil that is constantly spread over the eyes every time you blink. Dry eye may occur when the tear ducts simply aren't making enough tears, or it may be the result of imbalances in the three tear film ingredients.
A variety of problems can cause your eyes to produce insufficient tears; these include age-related changes, medications that have a drying effect, autoimmune conditions, and tear gland damage. Lack of oil in the tear film can occur when the eyelids' meibomian glands become clogged. If you're not blinking frequently enough (a common side effect of constant computer use) or sitting under a ceiling fan all the time, your eyes may dry out as a result.
Dry eye symptoms may include redness, itching, fatigue, and an annoying feeling that a particle of something has gotten into your eye. Light sensitivity, blurred vision, and redness are other common symptoms.
Dry eyes lack the protection they need against the outside world, including disease organisms, dust and other invaders that can damage or infect them. Long-term dry eye can lead to corneal ulceration and scarring.
Our optometry team can run tests to determine whether your tear glands are functioning normally and whether your tear film is out of balance. We'll also discuss various aspects of your lifestyle and medical history to uncover any other potential causes of dry eye.
We can provide a number of treatment options based on your specific dry eye issues, from artificial tears to lifestyle and health recommendations. We can also prescribe treatment to restore function to clogged meibomian glands.
If you're ready to find the answers that will soothe and protect your dry eyes for life, then you're ready to pay a visit to Sites Vision Clinic. Call either of our locations today to schedule an eye evaluation and get the treatment you need!
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