Continuous tear production helps maintain lubrication in your eyes. This is essential to keep your vision sharp, prevent irritations, and maintain your visual health. That said, any problems with your tear production or quality may lead to dry eyes. For your understanding, let Clear View Vision Care answer some commonly asked questions about this condition.
Q: What Causes Dry Eyes?
Your tear film is composed of three distinct layers. The innermost mucus region is responsible for the even distribution of tears in your eyes. The middle aqueous layer, on the other hand, keeps your eyes nourished and moisturized. Lastly, the outermost lipid region prevents tears from quickly evaporating. Their combination maintains your visual health and comfort. Any irregularities in their consistency or deficiencies in their production rate may lead to dry eye syndrome.
Q: Who Are Likely To Have Dry Eyes?
Like macular degeneration, dry eye disease is more common among older individuals. Postmenopausal women, in particular, are at a higher risk of having this problem because of aging and the hormonal changes they undergo. Those who smoke and live in places with cool and dry climates are also more likely to develop this condition.
Q: What Happens When You Have Dry Eyes?
When you have dry eyes, a gritty or sandy sensation, similar to when something is stuck in your eye, is common. Your eyes may also turn red, watery, and itchy. You may experience a burning feeling in your eyes or blurry vision as well. Applying or removing your contact lenses may be a challenge too.
Q: How Is Dry Eye Disease Managed?
During your eye exams, we may have you undergo the LipiView® assessment. This is an imaging device that allows us to take pictures of your tear film, Meibomian glands, corneal surface, and eyelids. This allows us to measure their thickness, helping us identify any irregularities in your tear-production cycle.
Upon confirming dry eyes, we may then offer the LipiFlow® system as a remedy to your condition. This is an FDA-approved treatment that uses thermal heat to remove blockages from your tear ducts. It also helps stimulate tear production for your improved eye health and comfort.
If you have any further questions about dry eyes, call us at (520) 394-6111 or complete our form. We serve Tucson and the surrounding AZ communities.