Dry Eye Dry eye - Cuases, Symptoms and Prevention

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Dry Eye occurs when the quantity and/or quality of tears fails to keep the surface of the eye adequately lubricated. The risk of Dry Eye Syndrome increases with advancing age and there is a high prevalence in women.

Symptoms:  You may feel a scratchy sensation or that something is in the eye. Other symptoms include stinging or burning, excess tearing that follows periods of dryness, discharge, pain and redness in the eye.  You may also feel that your eyelids are heavy and may even experience blurred vision.

Contributing Factors:

1. Medications including antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, birth control pill, hormone replacement therapy, and medications for the following, anxiety, Parkinson's disease, high blood pressure have all been associated with Dry eye.

2. Advancing age is a risk for a decline in tear production. It is more common in people over 50 years of age.

3. Rosacea (an inflammatory skin disease) and blepharitis (an inflammatory eye lid disease).

4. Auto-immune disorders such as Lupus, Scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, plus other disorders such as diabetes, thyroid disorder and Vitamin A deficiency.

5. Windy, smokey or dry environments increase tear evaporation.

6. Seasonal allergies.

7. Prolonged periods of 'screen time' due to insufficient blinking.

8. Blocked and clogged glands in the inner eyelid. 

Prevention: Blocked and clogged glands of the inner eyelid can be prevented by regular cleaning of these areas. This area of the eyes is quite often forgotten to be cared for and yet it is so simple to do. Cleaning can be done by using a cotton bud and some diluted baby shampoo/cleanser. Run the cotton bud along both the lower inner lid and the upper lid. Remember to rinse with clear water; or you can purchase our Optase Tea Tree Oil wipes which are very handy for the handbag and very simple to use, totally preservative free and come in individual sterile wraps.

 A warm 15 minute compress also helps prevent clogging.  Apply for 15 minutes if home made, or purchase our Optase Moist Heat Mask which gives effective relief without any mess.

We also stock Hycosan preservative free eye drops that can be used daily to assist with Dry Eye

Dry eye syndrome or Meibomian Gland Disorder (MGD) is a chronic and typically progressive condition. Depending on its cause and severity, it may not be completely curable. But in most cases, dry eyes can be managed successfully, usually resulting in noticeably greater eye comfort, fewer dry eye symptoms, and sometimes sharper vision as well.
Dry eye is a minor eye condition. As an accredited optometrist, we can assess the cause of Dry Eye and recommend individual treatment; this can be done through one of the following Primary Care pathways
• MECS if your GP is in North Yorkshire
• CORRS if your GP is in the East Riding

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