Dry eyes is a very common condition that occurs when your tears aren’t able to provide adequate lubrication. Many individuals suffer from dry eyes and many do not even know it!
What are the symptoms?
- Red eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Burning Sensation
- Aching Sensation
- Heavy eyes
- Fatigued eyes
- Sore eyes
- Dryness sensation
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
- The feeling of grit or a foreign object in your eye
Lastly, watery eyes can also be a symptom of dry eyes. Especially during winter, your eyes will over-stimulate tear production as a protective mechanism. But this tear production does not stay on the eye long enough to provide prior lubrication.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
The main cause of dry eye syndrome is age. It’s also more common among post-menopausal women. Sometimes, the lack of balance in one’s tear system will cause dry eyes. Or, the source may be an environmental reason, like your air conditioner, heater, or other things around you could dry your tear film.
- Heavy reading or digital device use
- Living and working in a dry environment
- Prolonged contact lens wear
- The side effect of certain drugs like antihistamines
- Diets lacking in fatty acids or anti-inflammatory foods
- Certain health conditions
- LASIK Surgery
Dry Eye Tests
For some individuals, dry eyes syndrome is an easy condition to solve. Sometimes, Over-The-Counter eye drops and taking frequent breaks from your computer may significantly improve your eyes. But, Dry Eye Syndrome can differ in severity, and be very painful and bothersome.
At our office, we provide different tests to reveal the reasons for and causes of dry eyes. Only then, a doctor can customize the best dry eye treatment to keep your eyes comfortable and healthy.
Dr. Karen Oxford is one of the best Cornea Doctors in the Bay Area. She has been diagnosing and caring for dry eyes for 25 years plus now. Call us today to schedule an appointment with her to discuss dry eye treatments and prevention.