Dry eye can be caused by a variety of factors, and often it isn’t completely curable. It has varying stages of severity, but despite this is generally able to be managed well. With effective treatment, most people with dry eye are able to enjoy good quality of vision.
Dry eye forms due to keratoconjuntivitis (say that five times fast), which is a fancy way of saying that the body is unable to produce enough tears. This can be brought on due to factors like:
For some people, the cause of dry eye may be physical: they blink less due to eye strain, focusing/concentrating at a computer or when reading, etc. Injuries that impact tear production will also play a large role in the development of dry eye.
Dry Eye Symptoms
Many dry eye symptoms can be confused with other eye diseases. If you are experiencing some or all the symptoms below, book an eye exam to determine if dry eye may be the cause.
Dry Eye Treatments
There are many treatment options for the management of dry eye. Most people who undergo treatment find substantial relief, though it is required that you follow the treatment as prescribed by your Optometrist. Unfortunately, sometimes eye diseases/symptoms can be asymptomatic until it is quite advanced.
Treatments for dry eye include:
If you are seeking assistance with your dry eye management, or if you think you have dry eye and are seeking a diagnosis, please book an appointment so we can assess your eye health and provide appropriate next steps.