Addressing the causes of Dry Eye syndrome: Don’t let discomfort go unnoticed

L-R: Leah and Bec of Yarra Junction Optical. Picture: SUPPLIED

Dry Eye Syndrome goes beyond a simple feeling of dryness in the eyes; it stems from inadequate production or imbalance of the tear film components. Various factors, including environmental triggers, hormonal issues, and the natural aging process can influence this condition.

In addition to the familiar dry sensation, individuals experiencing Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) may encounter gritty or stinging eyes, intermittent blurred vision that improves with blinking, a foreign body sensation, and heightened light sensitivity.

Dry eyes can occur naturally as a result of aging or hormonal changes, typically in women who are pregnant, taking oral contraceptives or going through menopause. In fact, women over 50 have a 50 per cent greater risk of dry eye disease than men of the same age. It can also result from taking certain medications that reduce tear production such as antihistamines, blood pressure medications and antidepressants. Environmental factors can also play a role in drying out the eyes, simple daily routines such as being around air conditioners or heating systems play a part, as does excessive time spent staring at a computer or television screen, this can dry out eyes and exacerbate symptoms due to the lack of blinking while staring at our screens.

Individuals who suffer from certain medical conditions such as diabetes, blepharitis, lupus, arthritis and thyroid problems are also more vulnerable to developing DES. Other causes can be due to eye surgery including LASIK, certain conditions in which the eyelids don’t close properly or extended contact lens use.

If you are suffering from DES it doesn’t always mean you have red, itchy eyes and surprisingly, watery eyes can also be linked to Dry Eye Syndrome, creating confusion for many who associate dryness with the condition’s name. If you identify with any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to schedule an eye exam with one of our friendly optometrists.

At Yarra Junction Optical we have a special interest in the treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome and our gentle, non-invasive Blephasteam treatment can significantly reduce the symptoms of Dry Eye, providing you with instant and long-lasting relief. We have a range of other treatment options including eye drops and heat compresses, don’t endure discomfort in silence; let us help you pinpoint the causes and find a solution that suits your specific needs.

Give us a call on 5967 2065 or head to our website for more information

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