What to do when the tears dry
Winter in Colorado is here, and you know what that means. Dry weather and low temperatures! While the Colorado weather may be a blessing for ski bunnies, it doesn’t do any favors for our eyes. Dry eyes may be mostly a nuisance, but there are times when a professional needs to step in and take action. Read on to learn more about dry eyes.
What are dry eyes?
Dry eye is a very common condition affecting millions of Americans. Blinking naturally washes the eye with “healthy” tears to nourish the cornea. While dry eye can affect individuals differently, it’s caused by a temporary or chronic reduction in tear quality and quantity. This prevents your eyes from being adequately lubricated.
Evaporative Dry Eye (EDE) — a chronic and progressive condition — is the most common form of dry eyes. Over 85% of EDE cases demonstrate signs of Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), which impedes the secretion of oily lipids that keep tears from evaporating.
Dry eye symptoms can include:
- Eye fatigue
- Blurred vision
- Watery eyes
- Light sensitivity
Dry eyes can get in the way of simple tasks such as watching television, driving, wearing contacts comfortably, or even reading The Daily Sentinel. Symptoms are commonly associated with allergies and infections, but dry eyes are also related to:
- Hormone changes
- Long periods of screen time spent with computers, smartphones, and video games
- Wearing contact lenses
- Low humidity and windy weather
If you are using lubricating eye drops multiple times throughout the day, and still notice dry eye symptoms, it’s time to get a professional opinion….
Source: The Daily Sentinel