Many people in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake suffer from dry eye symptoms but don’t realize just how much this condition can affect the quality of their vision. According to our eye doctors, there are a variety of factors that can contribute to dry eye.
A person’s age, medications, medical conditions, job, work environment and nutrition can all change the normal tear film. People who sleep with a fan blowing or with a CPAP machine can experience significant eye dryness, usually more noticeable in the morning. If you notice watery eyes, burning,
sandy/gritty feeling, eye fatigue or blurry vision after reading for an extended period of time – you could have dry eyes. Watering of the eyes may seem an odd symptom for dryness, but it is the body’s way of trying to compensate for a deficiency. Unfortunately, the quality of these watery tears is not what the eye needs to stay moist. There is no actual cure for dry eye. However, there are multiple options for minimizing the symptoms and maximizing on eye surface health.
Knowing which drops to use and which to avoid can be daunting as there are an overwhelming number of options. Our eye doctors serve patients in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake and can make specific recommendations about which type of drop is right for you.
Generally, the healthier you are and the better you eat, the less you will suffer from dry eye symptoms.
Specifically, good hydration and omega 3 fatty acids (such as is found in salmon and certain nuts) will enhance the quality of your tears. Smoking is detrimental to ocular health in general and definitely affects the ocular surface.
to work more efficiently to produce more tears and tears of better quality. This medication actually works on the underlying cause of the problem rather than just helping to mask the symptoms. Steroid eye drops are often used in addition to the Restasis® to decrease inflammation of the eye.
This can be accomplished temporarily with removable “plugs” or more permanently with cauterization
that a proper treatment plan can be initiated. The sooner this condition is treated, the better the prognosis for your vision in the future.