Dry Eye

dry eye Our eyes are in need of constant lubrication to provide nourishment, clear away irritants, enable clear vision and prevent infection. With every blink, tears are washed across the surface of the eye.

Basal tearing is the process of providing that constant lubrication to the eye.
Relfex tearing is the excessive production of tears we have in response to an irritation or emotion.
When your eyes produce too few Basal tears or the quality of the Basal tears are poor we develop “Dry Eye”.

Dry Eye is a common condition, particularly in the elderly population. As we age we produce fewer tears, and at the age of 65 we are producing 60% less tears than at the age of 18.
h Symptoms
Common symptoms of Dry Eye include

  • Sore & tired eyes
  • Gritty, foreign body sensations and/or burning sensations
  • Red eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurred vision and/or sensitivity to light
  • Increasing intolerance of contact lenses

​External conditions may also contribute to Dry Eye symptoms

  • Wind, direct sunlight, smog and dust
  • Air conditioning and heating systems
  • Extended computer work, car and air travel
  • Medical conditions including arthritis, menopause, Vitamin A deficiency & some prescription medications

Treatment​​
Tear supplements are used to reduce the symptoms of Dry Eye. These artificial tears may be used long term, and as often as necessary to manage the symptoms. These artificial tears come in the form of drops, gel or ointment.
Severe cases of Dry Eye may need to be treated with surgery.

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