What Causes Dry Eye? Answers From Our First Eye Care Optometrists
Dry eye syndrome can cause you to feel uncomfortable due to the dryness but it can also be a sign of a more serious problem. Left untreated, dry eye can also lead to an increased risk of damage to the eye surface. In order to avoid issues such as abrasion of the corneal surface, eye inflammation, corneal ulcer and other vision problems, have your dry eye checked by our eye doctors in Woodland Springs, Roanoke, or Hurst. The absence of adequate tears will also increase the risk of eye infections and other.
Causes Of Dry Eyes
There are three main causes of Dry Eye:
- An imbalance in the composition of tears,
- Increased quickness in the evaporation of tears, and
- A decrease in overall tear production
How To Treat The Symptoms Of Dry Eye
Artificial tears, when used regularly, can help to ease the symptoms and discomfort of dry eye. Another effective treatment is to add more moisture to the air via a humidifier and to avoid spending a lot of time in air-conditioned environments. Always use protective eye gear when engaging in activities such as woodworking and bicycle and ATV riding to avoid the risk of dust and other airborne objects from entering the eye. Many patients have found relief by increasing their intake of Vitamin A and Omega-3 substances such as liver, fish, walnuts, carrots, and broccoli.
Smokers that suffer from the dry eye will notice a marked improvement when they quit this habit, as will those who avoid smoky environments. Do not spend a lot of time outdoors when it is excessively windy, and if you must do so, be sure to wear protective eyewear to minimize the risk of dust getting into your eyes.
Dry eyes can be a nuisance but if it is beginning to affect your quality of life, it is time to see an eye doctor to get the situation under control.
Contact One Of Our Three Convenient Optometry Locations: Hurst, Roanoke, Woodland Springs
If you are experiencing the symptoms of dry eye, we can help determine if they are related to a more serious condition and can also provide some help in minimizing the uncomfortable effects that this condition can cause. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation at one of our three convenient First Eye Care locations.