Dry eye is a condition characterised by the inability of the eye to produce tears properly, tears of correct consistency or tears that evaporate at the desired rate – resulting in discomfort, pain and frustration.
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, you may have a condition referred to as dry eye – also known as dry eye syndrome, keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), dysfunctional tear syndrome, lacrimal keratoconjunctivitis, evaporative tear deficiency, aqueous tear deficiency, or LASIK-induced neurotrophic epitheliopathy (LNE).
DID YOU KNOW THAT THE SURFACE OF YOUR EYE CAN BECOME INFLAMED WHEN YOU HAVE DRY EYE?
UNLESS TREATED, THIS CAN RESULT IN LONG-TERM SCARRING OF THE CORNEA, PAIN, ULCERS AND EVEN A DEGREE OF TEMPORARY LOSS OF VISION.
Why are tears important for eye-health and vision?
- Tears keep the eye moist
- Tears wash away irritants such as dust
- Tears protect the eye from infections
- Made up of proteins, electrolytes and vitamins, tears are vital to maintain healthy eyes and clear vision
Who are most susceptible to developing dry eye?
- Over 50’s
- Post-menopausal women and those who experience premature menopause
- Those who have undergone eye surgery or treatments
- People who suffer with various allergies
So, what causes dry eye?
- Medications (side-effect)
- Skin ailments
- Infrequent blinking
- Gland dysfunctions
- Eye surgeries and treatments
- Chemical exposure
- Long-term use of contact lenses
- Immune system disorders
- Eye disease
- Exposure keratitis (when eyelids do not fully close when sleeping)
- Increased eye surface (associated with thyroid disease)
The good news – there are various successful and effective treatment options available for dry eye depending on the identified cause.
Speak to your optometrist or ophthalmologist about Ocudrops today.