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Dry Eye And Cause - Dealing With Severe And Mild Dry Eyes

Apr 5, 2008
A frequent complaint that eye doctors will come across is dry eye irritation. Many people have this problem to the extent that they will seek help from their doctor or an eye specialist. The problem stems from problems with tears or the tear duct and is known as dry eye syndrome. This article will look at the syndrome and suggest some possible ways to treat it.

Typical Symptoms

Dry eyes will normally lead to a feeling that the eyes are stinging or burning slightly. They may also feel itchy or feel like their is something stuck between the eyelid and surface of the eyeball. This will feel like a scratching sensation on the eyeball or lid. The dry eye irritation is often the result of polluted air or harsh weather conditions. It may also be caused because something on the eye, like a contact lens, is causing irritation.

It may sound like a contradiction but another sign of dry eyes could be watery eyes. The surface of the eye is keep moist by the tear ducts. If the eyes are dry there is a possibility that the tears ducts compensate for this dryness by producing more tears. This can flood the drainage system of your eyes causing watery eyes and irritation.

Treatment For Dry Eyes

The first thing to do that is fairly intuitive is to get some eye drops. You are effectively taking over from the tear ducts that are failing to moisten the surface of the eye. Eye drops are available in most pharmacies without the need for a prescription. However, if you are always using eye drops then their might be an underlying cause that needs to be resolved by visiting your doctor.

The cause of many dry eyes are dry and smoky environments. So, typically, you may find your eyes become dry after spending time in a smoke filled bar (not that common these days). If you are outdoors on a windy day and your eyes are not protected then they may become dry too. A humidifier can rectify the situation as it puts moisture back into the environment and recycles smoky air.

Further Examination

Your doctor or eye specialist can identify dry eyes by visual examination and consultation. However, if the problem persists more rigorous tests on the working of the tear ducts might be needed. Formulated eye drops could be used to ascertain where the dry patches in the eye are occurring and this might establish some underlying cause.

Dry Eye Causes

The malfunction or lack of function in the tear duct is mainly due to aging. With the eye, the mechanism and muscles controlling the yes tend to weaken, in the case of the tear duct it is a change in the hormonal balances that happen as the body ages. An example of this is in women undergoing menopause. A symptom of this change could be dry eyes.

The instant solution to dry eyes is a few eye drops in the affected eye. This will provide instant relief in most cases however, if the problem continues for any length of time then you should see your doctor. Persistent dry eyes is probably a symptom of a deeper, underlying problem with your health or lifestyle. It may be that you are stressed at work and by removing the stress the dry eyes will clear up.
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