Soothe, Hydrate, and Rejuvenate: Conquering Dry Eye Symptoms for Relief

Imagine the discomfort of having sandpaper scrape across your eyes, leaving them gritty, irritated, and desperately
longing for relief. This is the reality for millions of individuals suffering from dry eyes, a common condition
that can disrupt daily life and impact overall eye health. Many people think that having dry eyes is a normal part
of the day and are surprised to hear of the many treatment options available. Dry eyes can be a serious ocular
condition that can affect vision long term. It can be brought on with certain medications, environmental factors
or just slowly develop over time. The problem with dry eye is that if it is left untreated it causes inammation in
the eye and progresses until some intervention happens. Symptoms of dry eyes include dry, gritty or burning
sensation in the eyes, redness, watery or teary eyes and mucus that make the eyes feel “glued shut” after sleeping.

For the majority of people that experience occasional dry eyes, artificial tears can be enough to treat the symptoms. Some worry that they can become dependent on these eye drops, but studies have shown that we continue
to make the same amount of tears whether we are using them or not. They help lubricate the front surface of
the eye and alleviate the symptoms. At times, though, it can be more serious and require a more in-depth evaluation
and intense treatment.

There are two main types of dry eye and are usually both present to some degree. Aqueous deficient dry eye is
when not enough tears are produced which can leave the eye barren and dry. The second type is evaporative
dry where the lipid layer (the top layer of the tear film) isn’t well formed. The lipid layer is important in keeping the tears from evaporating and drying out. There are many different ways to target each type including prescription drops, warm compresses, eyelid scrubs and many more.

The best thing to do in order to prevent worsening of symptoms is to have a comprehensive eye exam and determine the cause of the dry eye. At A-B-See Vision Care we will customize your treatment so that the problem area is taken care of and you can enjoy comfortable clear vision.

Dr. Scott Hyatt
A-B-See Vision Care

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