A person who has dry eye syndrome will often think that their red, dry, itchy eyes are nothing more than something minor, like allergies, and live a long time with the severe discomfort that comes with dry eye syndrome. Some people find that, regardless of what measures are taken, the condition does not change significantly and an eye doctor must be consulted to bring relief.
Fortunately, the doctors at Kittery Eye are very familiar with the the symptoms of dry eye syndrome and how to treat it. We have compiled some points of essential knowledge below, to help our patients recognize the indications of this uncomfortable and painful eye condition in a more timely fashion, so that they can prevent prolonging the pain and discomfort of this extremely uncomfortable.
Dry eye syndrome is characterized by itchy, red, dry feeling eyes that might not get better until professional medical help is obtained. Doctors generally discuss two broad causes for dry eye syndrome. Either:
The eyes don’t make enough tears, and the eye cannot be comfortably hydrated
The eye produces tears which are flawed. They often lack one or more essential parts normally included in tears to allow them to properly coat and hydrate the eye.
The leading defense against either of these forms of dry eye syndrome is a type of specialty eye drops called “artificial tears.” These special eye drops combat the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye syndrome by imitating real tears as closely as possible.
In order to do this in the best way possible, there are many different formulations of artificial tears. Each formulation addresses a different underlying cause of your dry eye. Some help to to address the issues of dry eye syndrome in which tears are lacking in quantity, and others will add one or more building blocks to your tears to help them better perform their intended function.
Dry eye syndrome is a chronic and typically progressive condition. Depending on its cause and severity, it may not be completely curable. But in most cases, dry eyes can be managed successfully, usually resulting in noticeably greater eye comfort, fewer dry eye symptoms, and sometimes sharper vision as well.