Dry eye is one of the most common eye problems our patients report. In fact, about five million American 50 years of age and older are estimated to have dry eye. Dry eye is common with old age, but there are many other factors that cause dry eye – even for the young and fit. So what exactly is dry eye and where does it come from?
What is dry eye?
Tears are not just for holding back when you run your toe into the coffee table – they are vital to your eye health and your comfort. When your eyes stop producing natural tears to hydrate themselves, you experience dry eye.
This can lead to swelling and inflammation on the surface of your eye, which can cause a host of problems if left untreated. Pain, scars on the cornea, ulcers, and in extreme cases partial loss of vision can occur. No need to get overly concerned – dry eye can easily be managed with the help of your optometrist.
Why dry eye?
When you come to your optometrist looking for help with your dry eye, the first thing she will do is figure out the source of your dry eye. Dry eye be the result of various factors – maybe even a combination of factors. Common causes for dry eye are:
- Seasonal allergies
- Eye disease
- Contact lens wear
What Can I Do?
If you think you are experiencing dry eye, there is no need to panic. Simply schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregor. We’ll be able to determine the proper treatment plan and work with you every step of the way to keep your eyes healthy and feeling great!