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DRY EYE

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Even without knowing the term “dry eye” or “Dry Eye Syndrome“, if you suffer from it, then you are all too familiar with the soreness, discomfort, and constant misery that can come with dry eyes.

EXPERIENCING ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS?

WATERY EYES?

Eyes may overproduce tears to compensate for the lack of lubrication

SORE OR ACHY EYES

 Painful, uncomfortable eyes

RED EYES

Irritated ond/or "bloodshot" eyes.

BLURRED VISION

Loss of focus of eyesight and sharpness making images appear hazy.

FATIGUED EYES

Eyes that 

feel tired or exhausted.

PHOTOPHOPIA

A symptom in which bright lights hurts or irritates the eyes, Light sensitivity.

YOU MAY HAVE DRY EYE DISEASE.

WE CAN HELP!

WHAT IS DRY EYE?

Dry eye is a condition where your eyes don’t produce quality tears to keep them lubricated and moist. Sometimes your eyes produce an overabundance of tears, but of low quality. Other times, the tears evaporate so quickly, they don’t have time to lubricate your eyes. All of these factors lead to the same result: dry eyes.

Almost everyone experiences occasional dryness in their eyes at some point. Dry eye is different in that symptoms are frequent, consistent, and grow progressively worse over time.

WHAT CAUSES DRY EYE?

Your eyes are sensitive organs that need proper care. When exposed to certain elements like wind, sun, smoke, excess heat, or chemical fumes, your eyes can become dry and irritated. These elements can cause dry eye syndrome. Other causes of dry eye include age, allergies, hormone changes, a decline in blinking, and long-term wear of contacts. Certain autoimmune disorders and medications can also alter tear production, causing dry eye. Dry eye may also be an after effect of some types of eye surgeries.

SIGNS OF DRY EYE

Tears are a mixture of water, mucus, and, oil, and serve an important purpose in eye health and function. Tears keep your eyes lubricated, protect them against infections, and wash away dirt and debris so you can enjoy clear vision.

Without quality tears, your eyes may burn or sting, get red and itchy, or feel gritty or fatigued. These are common symptoms of dry eye. Dry eye can blur your vision or make your eyes more sensitive to light and glare. You may find it difficult to read, watch TV, sit at your computer, or wear contacts for any length of time.

Although dry eye is more common in seniors, it can occur in anyone at any age, especially people who overuse or don’t take proper care of their eyes.  

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