Do you suffer from dry eyes?
Are your eyes irritated, watery and sensitive to light? If so, there’s a good chance that you’re experiencing keratoconjunctivitis sicca, more commonly known as dry eye syndrome. Keep reading to learn more about this condition.
Dry eye syndrome is a common phenomenon that can be caused by a variety of factors such as age, hormonal changes (e.g. menopause), tobacco use, certain chronic illnesses (e.g. lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, rosacea) and certain medications (e.g. oral contraceptives). Spending a lot of time in front of the television or a computer screen can also make your eyes dryer than usual.
Blurred vision, a burning sensation, feeling like a foreign body is stuck in your eye, tingling, redness, fatigue and sensitivity to light are all typical symptoms of dry eyes. Thankfully, there’s a plethora of products that can provide relief. Consult your pharmacist or your optometrist if you present with any of these symptoms.
Obviously, prevention constitutes a valuable ally when it comes to keeping your eyes well hydrated. Follow these simple recommendations to avoid unnecessary dryness:
• Wear glasses to protect your eyes from the sun and wind.
• Be sure to blink often and take frequent breaks when working at a computer.
• Purchase a humidifier if the air in your home is too dry.
• Maintain your contact lenses properly and replace them when necessary.
Using artificial tears is a great way to relieve dry eye syndrome.