Most people will get dry eye from time to time, but if you have chronic dry eye, you need an eye exam and may need dry eye treatment from an optometrist. So, what is dry eye syndrome? This syndrome is a collection of related symptoms caused by the eyes being too dry. If you have chronic dry eye, you may need to get dry eye treatment for the problem. To get your eye exam, call our optometry center to see the eye doctor. Bay Optical serves the Glens Falls, Saratoga, Greenwich, and Warrensburg, NY, areas.
Dry Eye Basics
Why do people get dry eye? The eyes have a layer of moisture on them that is called tear film. This film is made up of three distinct layers that keep the eyes properly lubricated. If something is wrong with the layers of film, this can result in dry eye. It can also happen because the tear film, for whatever reason, is evaporating far too quickly. The body makes more tear film, but it may not be often enough for your circumstances if you have dry eye.
Dry Eye Causes
With dry eye syndrome, there may be a number of causes behind it. Several medical conditions can result in dry eye. One of these is diabetes. Medications can cause it, such as allergy and antidepressant medications.
Many times, it's the winter that causes it with the dry air. Dry eye tends to be more common during that time, though you can get it at any time of the year. If you have a fan pointed in your direction, this is a cause. If you're in a small space with a lot of air-conditioning, this can cause it. It can come from wind exposure that dries out your tear film. If you engage in outdoor activities, it's best to have sunglasses to prevent this.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
If you have dry eye, your eyes may be fatigued, strained, and uncomfortable. You may have eye pain, and you might get headaches and tired eyes. Your eyes can turn red, and your vision may be blurry. Sometimes, ironically, this condition causes watery eyes. It may cause a lot of mucus to come from your eyes. A gritty feeling is also common.
See the Eye Doctor for Your Eye Exam
If you're suffering from chronic dry eye, you may need dry eye treatment from an optometrist. To see the eye doctor, call Bay Optical at the following locations: Glens Falls (518) 792-4140, Greenwich (518) 692-2960, Saratoga Springs/Wilton (518) 587-2020 or Warrensburg (518) 623-2229.