Why people are worried about Dry Eye
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Dry eyes - Gritty, red, sore eyes, apart from poor vision are probably the most common symptoms we encounter in practice on a day to day basis.
Dry eyes affect millions of people; it usually results from a problem with the tear film which lubricates the eye's surface. It may occur either as a result of reduced tear production or when the tears evaporate from the surface too quickly.
Dry eyes may affect people of any age but decreased tear production is common as we get older particularly in post-menopausal women. Certain medications have this as a side effect and it is prevalent in long-term contact lens wearers as well as a result of refractive laser eye surgery e.g. LASIK.
Environmental conditions such as air conditioning, air pollution, heating and wind all increase tear evaporation. Concentrated activities such as reading, watching TV and staring at a computer screen decrease the blink rate which adds to the problem.
Sometimes increased tear evaporation is a result of malfunctioning meibomian glands in the eyelid margins.
Certain medical conditions increase the likelihood of dry eyes e.g. autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid conditions and diabetes.
It is well recognised that the average GP is inexperienced in the treatment of dry eyes - their only answer usually being the basic hypromellose eye drops. There are numerous better preparations available.
Today a whole new science has developed to assist the dry eye sufferer. There are today a confusing amount of products on the market which are aimed at the ‘Dry Eye’ sufferer- from eye drops, to sprays, nutritional supplements, lid wipes, lotions, hot compresses - even mechanical hot steam devices to clear blocked meibomian glands in the eyelids!
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