Here are answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions we get about dry eye.
My eyes burn frequently. Do I have dry eye?
You may have dry eyes. Dry eye syndrome is a condition that occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or produce a poor quality of tears to keep them properly lubricated. As a result of not having enough moisture, the eyes can feel dry, itchy, and irritated. Tears are necessary for overall eye health, and without an inadequate tear film, the eyes may have a stinging or burning sensation or feel as though there is something in the eye. It’s important to visit an eye doctor who has the latest technology to test for dry eye. Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region is a TearLab Accredited Dry Eye Center.
Am I more susceptible to dry eye as I get older?
Older people are often more susceptible to dry eye syndrome because the aging process can decrease the effectiveness of the nerve stimulation process by which tears are produced. Dry eye syndrome may also be triggered in women during menopause due to hormonal changes. Some diseases such as Sjögren syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and rosacea make a person more likely to experience dry eyes. Lastly, medications such as birth control pills and antihistamines can cause dry eye symptoms to occur.
Is there anything I can do at home to help alleviate my dry eyes?
You can try using a humidifier to add moisture to the air. This is helpful during the winter months when you’re using your heater or if you live in a dry area of the country. You can also try gently pressing a warm compress to your eyes. However, if you have chronic dry eye, it is really important that you see an ophthalmologist who is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eyes.
If you think you may have dry eye or have been told you do, it is important to schedule an appointment. The sooner we can treat your dry eyes, the sooner your eyes will feel better and less irritated.
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