What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye starts to occur when there’s a failure to produce the adequate amount of tears to keep the eye’s surface lubricated. The risk of developing dry eye can happen at any age but is more common with older age, as well in women than in men.
What are the signs of Dry Eye?
The common symptoms of dry eye include redness, the feeling of stinging or burning sensation and watery eyes. Some people also experience a sandy feeling under their eyelids and increased sensitivity to light.
Treating Dry Eye
Identifying if you have dry eyes can be self-diagnosable. Most people with mild dry eye symptoms can use over-the-counter eye drops (artificial tears), a lubricating liquid to keep one’s eyes healthy and moisturized. However, it’s still best prescribed to see an optometrist to check the cause and help you find the right teardrops or treatment strategy for you.
It’s important to learn that having dry eyes, depending on the cause and severity, may not be totally curable. Even so, with continuous treatment, most cases are successfully manageable and can sometimes result in sharper vision too.