Dr. Arora has helped many patients relief from dry eyes. At Vision Arora, we offer a complete evaluation of your vision and address the dry eye through a variety of test and offer solutions specifically for your needs. Successful treatment of dry eyes requires that you are willing to follow your doctor’s recommendations and that you use the products he or she recommends consistently and as frequently as directed.
What is Dry Eyes?
Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly, or when the tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly.
In addition, inflammation of the surface of the eye may occur along with dry eye. If left untreated, this condition can lead to pain, ulcers, or scars on the cornea, and some loss of vision. However, permanent loss of vision from dry eye is uncommon.
Is Excess Tear Production a Symptom of Dry Eyes?
Sometimes people don’t produce enough tears or the right quality of tears to keep their eyes healthy and comfortable. For some people, the cause of dry eyes is decreased tear production. For others it’s increased tear production.
It may not sound logical that dry eye would cause excess tearing, but think of it as the eye’s response to discomfort. If the tears responsible for maintaining lubrication do not keep the eye wet enough, the eye becomes irritated. Eye irritation prompts the gland that makes tears (called the lacrimal gland) to release a large volume of tears, overwhelming the tear drainage system. These excess tears then overflow from your eye.
What are the other Symptoms of Dry Eyes?
Signs and symptoms, which usually affect both eyes, may include:
stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes
Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
Sensitivity to light
A sensation of having something in your eyes
Difficulty wearing contact lenses
Difficulty with nighttime driving
Watery eyes, which is the body’s response to the irritation of dry eyes
Blurred vision or eye fatigue
Am I at risk for getting Dry Eyes?
Factors that make it more likely that you’ll experience dry eyes include:
Being older than 50. Tear production tends to diminish as you get older. Dry eyes are common in people over 50.
Being a woman. A lack of tears is more common in women, especially if they experience hormonal changes due to pregnancy, using birth control pills or menopause.
Eating a diet that is low in vitamin A, which is found in liver, carrots and broccoli, or low in omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish, walnuts and vegetable oils
Wearing contact lenses
Is Dry Eye Curable?
Dry eye syndrome is a chronic and typically progressive condition. Depending on its cause and severity, it may not be completely curable. But in most cases, dry eyes can be managed successfully, usually resulting in noticeably greater eye comfort, fewer dry eye symptoms, and sometimes sharper vision as well.