Dry eye is a common, chronic condition that happens when your eyes don’t make enough tears. Dry eyes are uncomfortable, but you don’t have to live with the condition. At Real Vision Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Magdalena Saint-Louis, OD, and her team regularly treat patients for chronic dry eye. Learn more about your options by making an appointment online or by calling the office today.
Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a condition that occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough tears to stay lubricated. Your tears keep the surface of your eyes moist and comfortable as you blink, protecting your eyes from the environment.
If your eyes don’t make enough tears, they become irritated, painful, and infected. Dry eye is common in older people and can be chronic. The condition is caused by a reduction in natural tear production or by increased tear evaporation.
Because your tears protect the surface of your eye by washing away debris, a lack of tears can cause irritation. In some cases, DES causes your eyes to produce more tears and leads to watery eyes.
DES ranges in severity. Common symptoms include:
Dry eye is worse in certain environments, such as on an airplane or riding a bike. Staring at a computer screen or TV for a long period of time makes you blink less frequently and causes dry eye. Dry eye symptoms are sometimes worse in winter, when air is cold and dry.
DES can be uncomfortable, and it can also lead to other complications. People with chronic dry eye are more susceptible to eye infections. Dry eye also increases the risk of damage to the surface of your eyes. Seeking treatment for dry eye helps keep your eyes healthy and improve your quality of life.
One of the most common treatment options for patients with DES is artificial tears or eye drops. Eye drops help make up for the lack of tears in your eyes to keep them lubricated. The team at Real Vision Center examines your eyes and prescribes eye drops to manage the condition.
Avoiding some environmental triggers helps ease the discomfort associated with DES. Stopping smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke help to keep your eyes healthy. Avoiding dry air or air directly blowing into your eyes helps keep tears from evaporating.
You don’t have to live with dry, irritated eyes. Make an appointment with Dr. Saint-Louis and her highly trained team at Real Vision Center to learn more about dry eye and find a treatment that’s right for you. Call the office or make an appointment online today.