Dry eye or dry eye syndrome is an ongoing condition that treatments may be unable to cure. But the symptoms of dry eye, including dryness, scratchiness and burning, can usually be successfully managed. Dr. Sher and the team at Innisfil Eye Care are highly skilled in helping patients with any vision or eye problems they may have. To help alleviate the dry or scratching feeling you may have in your eye, Dr. Sher may recommend artificial tears, which are lubricating eyedrops that help increase your tear production and the moisture in your eye.
It is important to note that if you wear contact lenses, many brands of artificial tears can't be used while wearing contact lenses. In that case, you will need to remove your contacts before using the drops and will have to wait the required amount of time listed on your label before putting your contacts back in after using the drops. For mild dry eye, contact lens rewetting drops may be an efficient way to make your eyes feel better albeit usually temporary. You can consult with Dr. Sher on whether switching to a different contact lens brand may help. When outdoors, wearing sunglasses will offer extra protection against the sun, wind and dust on dry eyes. For indoors, you can purchase an air cleaner to help reduce dust and other irritating particles from the air, or a humidifier to help add moisture to your household air. For more significant cases of dry eye, Dr. Sher may recommend punctal plugs. These tiny devices are inserted in ducts in your eyelids to slow the drainage of tears away from your eyes, keeping your eye moist.
What causes dry eyes?
- Natural aging, more common in women over 40.
- Side effect of different types of medications such as antidepressants, birth control pills, antihistamines and more.
- Living in a dry, windy or dusty climate with low humidity.
- AC/Dry heating system may cause the air quality in your home or office to dry out.
- Insufficient blinking.
- Long term contact lens wear.
- and more.
For more information, or to have your eye condition examined, call or stop by Innisfil Eye Care in Innisfil, Ontario.