For many people with dry eyes, it is an annoyance that can get in the way of everyday activities such as reading a book, using a computer, or simply enjoying a day out. Eye drops or artificial tears can be used as an immediate and temporary remedy, but putting off long-term treatment can do more harm than good. Recognizing the symptoms of dry eyes is one step closer to improving your condition not just for the sake of comfort, but for your overall health.
How does one know when to seek treatment? Dry eyes commonly appear among people over the age of 50, women who have undergone hormonal changes (eg. pregnancy, menopause) and environmental factors such as living in dry climates, staring at a computer screen without blinking for a long period of time, and wearing contacts. Symptoms to look out for include, but aren’t limited to, redness, fatigue, or irritated sensation of the eyes. Wondering if your own symptoms could be a result of dry eye? Get in touch directly with a doctor at OCLI to find out if your symptoms could lead to treatment.
Whoever said that tears are a sign of weakness completely underestimated the importance of tears to our health. The components that make up tears (water, mucus, and oil) help protect our eyes from infections. Without tears, the risk of infection increases. With dry eye comes a lot of discomfort, but if inflammation occurs, pain could be the least of your worries. If left untreated for a long time, you could scar and damage the cornea, and even suffer some vision loss as a result. Don’t take chances and contact our Dry Eye Care Center to see if you could be at risk of infection or damage to your eyes.
Of course, there are ways you can prevent or relieve your dry eyes on your own, such as wearing sunglasses outdoors, avoiding dry environments, or giving your eyes time to rest when looking at a screen for a prolonged period. These are great habits to build for your daily life. When you visit the Dry Eye Care Center, we can provide you with more tips on how to keep your eyes from drying, along with information on the perfect lubricating eye drops for you. One can never be too safe when it comes to their eyes, after all, you only get one pair!
Don’t write off your symptoms as something you can deal with simply because you don’t want to make the trek out to see a dry eye specialist in New York (frankly, we don’t blame you!). If you think you may need treatment for dry eyes, our Dry Eye Care Center is located conveniently in East Hanover.