Getting Down to the Details of Dry Eye Syndrome

Could you be one of the millions of Americans affected by dry eye syndrome? Everyone experiences periods of their eyes feeling more irritable than usual. However, if you have chronic feelings of discomfort such as aching, burning or a lack of moisture in either or both eyes, you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. Though dry eye syndrome is commonly self-diagnosable, it is important that you see an optometrist if you notice symptoms.

Meibomian Glands and Optical Health 

There are several causes of dry eye syndrome. Each lead to inadequate moisture of the eye, blockage of the tear ducts and glands, or inflammation. Some cases are more severe than others.

In many instances, dry eye syndrome is the result of meibomian gland dysfunction. These glands are located just above and below the eyelids near the eyelashes. Their main purpose is to secrete oils which surround the eye, preventing tears from evaporating too quickly. Any abnormality with the meibomian glands can result in a blockage of the necessary oils needed to be released to retain saturation. Without these oils, the tears have nothing sealing their moisture to the eye, leading to dry eye syndrome.

Symptoms, Relief Methods and Causes 

You should not dismiss apparent signs of dry eye syndrome. At times, dry eye symptoms may seem common and easy to overlook. Pay close attention to your optical health, and contact a physician if you experience any of the following symptoms frequently:

Sore eyes
Heavy, tired eyelids
Constant itching or burning sensation in the eye
Sensitivity to light and electronic screens
Blurred vision
Feeling of a foreign material or “grit” in the eye
Frequent blinking

While recognizing symptoms is important, it is helpful to have the knowledge to combat them as well.

Use artificial tears to provide temporary relief
Drink plenty of liquids to keep the body hydrated
Eat nutritiously and avoid overly processed foods

Though some cases are due to genetics, age and other factors beyond your control, there are ways to lessen your chances of being diagnosed with dry eye syndrome. Avoid arid, dry or windy climates as much as possible. Smoking greatly increases the likeliness of having dry eyes and several other eye problems as well. Excessive computer, television or handheld device usage can also lead to eye complications, consequently resulting in dry eye syndrome.

If you believe your sight may be suffering due to dry eye syndrome, do not ignore the signs. Though symptoms may seem manageable, it is crucial to your long-term health that you have an eye examination with a trained optometrist. Make an appointment with Dr. Logan at Logan Eye Care today.