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There are an estimated 40,000 sports and recreation-related eye injuries each year
and the majority of them happen to children.

Red Eyes
& Dry Eyes

Bothered by dry eyes? The best solution for dry eyes is your natural tears. Eyes are lubricated by tears produced by tear glands located behind your upper eyelids. Blinking spreads a film of tears over the surface of your eyes. The tears move to the inside region of the eye and through the tear drainage ducts into the nose and throat. Tears make your eyes feel cool, comfortable, refreshed and help to prevent infection.

 

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What Causes Dry Eye Syndrome?

When the balance of tear production and tear loss is not maintained, dry spots appear on the eye’s surface and cause irritation.

Can Watery Eyes be a Symptom of Dry Eyes?

Ironically the tear production glands sometimes react to the dry, scratchy feeling by watering more than ever. These reflex tears do not relieve the dryness as they lack a natural component that is essential to lubricate the cornea properly.

Can Dry Eyes Harm My Vision?

Yes. If left untreated, severe dry eye syndrome can damage tissue and possibly scar the cornea of the eye.

Common Causes of Dry Eye Symptoms

  • Environment – The list is virtually endless! Sunny, windy, dry conditions, air conditioning, dry climates, smoke, air pollution are just a few.
  • Contact lens wear – These could result in increased evaporation of tears which leads to irritation, increased protein deposits, inflammation and pain. Dry Eye Symptoms are the number one reason people stop wearing contact lenses.
  • The aging process – Tear production gradually decreases with age. At age 65 the tear glands produce about 40% of the lubricating tears they produced at age 18.
  • Medications – Tear production could be reduced if you take certain medications. These include decongestants, antihistamines and diuretics, beta blockers, sleeping pills, anti-depressants, pain relievers, Skin Rejuvenation treatment, alcohol, oral contraceptives and more.
  • Computer users – Computer and television users may also have dry eyes as a result of staring for hours without blinking regularly.
  • Medical Conditions – Dry eye could be a related symptom of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, thyroid abnormalities, skin conditions, asthma and lupus.
  • Menopause and pregnancy – Women are more prone to develop dry eyes after menopause and during pregnancy.

Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome

  • Burning and stinging
  • Gritty feeling when there is nothing in your eye
  • Dryness
  • Itching
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Mucous secretions in the eye

Can Dry Eye Syndrome Be Cured?

There is no cure although you can get relief for dry eyes and reduce your chances of complications with proper care and the latest treatment for dry eye syndrome.

How is Dry Eye Syndrome Treated?

Eyelid Hygiene – Taking extra care to clean the eyelids to remove the buildup of debris in the eyelashes can help reduce irritation, blepharitis and dysfunction of the meibomian gland. The meibomian gland’s oil layer keeps tears from evaporating and lubricates the eyelid area, allowing for a smooth movement of the eyelids.

Artificial Tears – These provide temporary relief and soothe the eyes. However, artificial tears can increase the possibility of infection as they can wash away the natural infection-fighting tear film of the eye.

Punctal Occlusion -In cases of persistent dry eye syndrome, the best solution may be punctal occlusion, or the closure of the tear drainage system to preserve the natural tears around the eyes for longer periods.

What Is A Punctum Plug?

This acts like a stopper in a sink! When the tear duct (punctal opening) is closed, tears stay on the eye much longer. A small, soft silicone plug is non-surgically inserted into the natural punctum opening. The reversible procedure is performed in a few minutes in the doctor’s office.

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