Dry eye is a common eye condition that affects millions of people in North America. Common symptoms are dryness in the eyes, redness, itching and blurred vision. There are various factors that contribute to dry eyes, and almost everyone gets it at some point. These factors include age, hormones, medications, air pollution, allergic reactions, prolonged exposure to computer screens, contacts, smoking and alcohol. There is no cure for dry eye but there are a number of treatments available. At The Eye Clinic your doctor can assess the type of dry eye you suffer from and prescribe the necessary treatment.
- Artificial Tears
This is a good treatment for mild cases of dry eye. Artificial tears come in many brands, so the trouble may be choosing the right one for you. Consulting with your eye doctor helps identify the type of dry eye you have and which artificial tear will work best for you. They provide quick relief without blurring your vision—however, that relief is temporary. You will have to apply it multiple times throughout the day for the maximum benefit.
This treatment not only acts as an eye lubricant, it also reduces inflammation and helps you to produce more tears. The only drawback is that this treatment requires a 90-day commitment before you see any results.
- Steroid Eye Drops
This is another quick short-term solution to dry eyes. Steroids are generally applied in a mild dosage, then increased if the doctor thinks necessary. It should be noted that steroid eye drops are only for short-term use. Prolonged usage can lead to serious conditions such as cataracts or a spike in eye pressure.
You should also take measures to reduce the instances of dry eyes. Take frequent breaks if you spend a long time in front of the computer; see your eye doctor regularly, and use a humidifier if you can.
Dry eyes are a common ailment that isn’t curable, but it is treatable—the good news is that most people are able to function normally once they get the right treatment. If you are suffering from dry eyes, please see an eye doctor.