Chronic Dry Eye~Are You At Risk?

August 13, 2012
Dry Eye

Are you at risk for chronic dry eye and it’s side effects?

Chronic Dry Eyes: Are you at risk? Do you ever have burning and stinging in your eyes that makes it hard for you to read even a few paragraphs at a time? Have your tried using over-the-counter eye drops for relief with no success? You may have CDE, or Chronic Dry Eye, which effects nearly 12 million Americans, which happen to be mostly post menopausal women, or men over the age of 50. Although this is the case, many individuals who suffer from CDE do not fit this age profile. What is CDE, you ask? According to Eye Care Magazine, typically, your eyes release tears which provide a soothing film, which helps to wash away dust when you blink, and protects against infections. With CDE, the tear-making process is broken down, in a sense: you either do not produce tears, or the tears you produce may be evaporating too quickly. There are many risk factors which are associated with CDE including vitamin A deficiency, previous radiation aimed at the eyes or face, previous laser eye surgery, medications that cause dry eyes, or certain medical conditions such as lupus, thyroid disorders, or diabetes. Signs of CDE include but are not limited to stinging or burning eyes, feeling like there is sand in your eyes, sensitivity to light, eye discharge, and difficulty forming tears when you cry. If you do find that some of these symptoms fit in with what you are experiencing, help is available, and relief is possible! Although some over the counter products may provide temporary relief, your eye doctor can prescribe drops that foster the eyes’ ability to produce tears. Also, small silicone or gel plugs can be inserted into your tear ducts to allow natural tears to stay in your eyes for a longer period of time.

Read more about the Advanced Treatment Options for Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome.