What is Dry Eye? Dry Eye is a common eye condition that includes differing symptoms:
Dry Eye means that your eyes may not be making enough tears, that the tears which are being produced are of poor quality or that the tears that are produced evaporate away.
The normal function of tears is to keep the surface of the eye wet and lubricated so any shortage of tears or reduction in their quality can produce a gritty, burning sensation of the eyes and can also disturb vision.
The symptoms of Dry Eye syndrome may include:
What are the causes of Dry Eye? Dry Eye can be caused by a wide variety of everyday factors and include:
- Dry environment and pollution
- Computer use
- Contact lens wear
- Eye surgery
- Hormonal changes, especially in women e.g. menopause
- Dry Eye may also be symptomatic of general health problems or disease e.g. people with arthritis are more prone to Dry Eye
- Certain types of medications can contribute to dry eye occurring. (Your optometrist or Doctor can advise of any known links between medicines and Dry Eye. Please do not alter or adjust your prescribed medicines without discussing with your Doctor first).
What can I use to help with the symptoms? Dry eye needs to managed to keep the tear quality as stable as possible
- Hot compresses can help to keep tear and oil production glands flowing nicely and from becoming blocked
- By keeping the same cleaning routine for the eyelids that’s described in our Blepharitis section
- Use of eye drops to give symptomatic relief and to even help to restore the surface lipid layers of the tears.
What should I use?
- Preservative free drops that offer protection, lubrication and comfort
- MGDrx Eye Bag – a reusable and re-heatable eye bag that you can pop into the microwave and place over the eyes to help unblock glands
- We supply Spectrums Thea’s full range of eye care drops to alleviate Dry Eye symptoms: Hyabak, Thealoz and the NEW Thealoz Duo.