Are your eyes irritated and you feel like something is in them? Or do you have the urge to rub them and they are red and burning? If so, then it is time for you to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with your eye doctor. During this eye exam your eye doctor will examine your eyes to see if you are experiencing Dry Eye.
Dry eye is a condition in which your eyes are not producing enough tears to lubricate the surface of the eye. Tears are vital to your eye health. Besides lubricating the surface, tears help protect against infection and wash away debris that enters the eye.
There are many factors that can cause a patient’s dry eye. Generally speaking women are more prone to dry eye due to changes in hormones during pregnancy and menopause. Individuals, both men and women, are likely to develop dry eyes as they age. Other causes include medications and long term contact lens usage.
During your eye exam, the eye doctor will examine your cornea and eyelids. They will also evaluate your tears itself. To examine your tears, the eye doctor will introduce a specialized dye. This will allow them to observe your tear flow and any abnormalities that may exist.
Treatment of dry eye varies and is dependent on the severity of the condition. The overall objective is to relieve any discomfort, keep the eye moisturized and make sure the eye is healthy.
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