Have your ever been feeling itchy, scratchy, or extra sensitive to light? Have you noticed redness or burning to your eyes? Does your vision sometimes get blurry when this occurs? If so, you may be experiencing a condition called dry eye syndrome. The experts at our El Paso optometry office, El Paso EyeCare, get a lot of patients with these sorts of symptoms, especially during the winter months. Dry eye syndrome is when the eyes are not capable of making a sufficient amount of tears. Tears are crucial when it comes to the basic functioning and comfort of your eyes. Tears not only keep the eyes lubricated, but offer a level of protection by washing away foreign particles and objects. Having a healthy layer of tear film is also necessary in order to have clear vision. Therefore, dry eye syndrome, or the lack of quality tears, leads to the symptoms mentioned above.
Dry eye syndrome can be caused by a number of different factors, and often more than one of these factors combined. The risk for developing dry eye syndrome can increase with age as a result of hormonal changes. Other reasons for dry eye development include: being in a dry environment, exposure to a lot of wind, being in air-conditioned environments often, exposure to the sun, smoking, second hand smoke, heat or chemical burns, or as a side effect from previous eye surgery. In very rare cases, dry eye syndrome is a symptom of an autoimmune disorder called Sjogren syndrome. If you think you may have dry eye syndrome, do not try to handle it on your own. Simply schedule an appointment at our El Paso optometry office. This is important because symptoms of dry eye syndrome can also be indicative of other eye conditions like allergies or infections that need prescription medication to be healed. During your appointment, we will uncover the reasoning behind your symptoms and offer a solution. If you are diagnosed with dry eye, we are likely to recommend the use of artificial tears, special medications, or lifestyle changes.
To learn more about your eye health and the related services available to you at our El Paso optometry office, be sure to look through the additional information available on the El Paso EyeCare website. We look forward to working with you.