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.

  • Do your eyes sting, burn or feel fatigued?
  • Do your eyes hurt and get very red?
  • Do you often feel as though there is something gritty in your eye when there isn’t?
  • Do your eyes feel uncomfortable when wearing contact lenses?
  • Do your eyelids feel heavy?
  • Do you experience periods of producing excessive tears followed by very dry eyes?
  • Do you experience periods of producing excessive tears followed by very dry eyes?
  • Have you noticed that your eye is producing a kind of stringy discharge?
  • Do you experience times of blurred vision?
  • Have you found it increasing difficult to tolerate visually concentrating on tasks such as reading?
  • Do you find it difficult to produce tears even when emotionally distressed?

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
  • Women
  • 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
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Eye surgeries and treatments
  • Chemical exposure
  • Allergies
  • 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.