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Dry Eye Syndrome

 

 Dry eye disease is a lack of tear production and moisture on the surface of the eye which can decrease the quality of your vision and overall comfort. Due to the eye becoming dehydrated , inflammation sets in and compromises the tear production and corneal integrity. The epithelial cells can breakdown and erode resulting in lid infections, styes, corneal ulcers, and corneal erosion. Early symptoms of dry eye include: fluctuating or blurred vision, excessive tearing, burning/stinging, gritty or sandy sensation, and the feeling something foreign is in your eye.

 Unfortunately, this condition is often misdiagnosed and it's effect on the quality and comfort of vision is often underestimated by the medical provider. Detecting the underlying cause is essential for the successful treatment of dry eyes. The time rendered and expertise of the doctor, in conjunction with the use of modern technology, is important in determining the best course of treatment for each individual. 

 

Symptoms:

  • Burning or itching sensation    
  • Sandy/gritting feeling
  • Contact lens discomfort
  • redness
  • fluctuation of vision
  • excessive tearing                                                 
  • light sensitivity
  • eye pain or soreness

Risk Factors                    

  • Age: 75% of the population 65yrs and older experience dry eye syndrome
  • Medications: Anti-Depressants, Decongestants, Antihistamines, Blood Pressure Medication, Oral Contraceptives, Diuretics, Ulcer Medication, Tranquilizers, and Beta Blockers are some of the medications that decrease the body's ability to produce quality, lubricating tears.
  • Environmental conditions:Unfortunately being exposed to every day environmental factors such as pollution, smoke, wind, air conditioning, "Arizona's dry heat climate", and florescent lights can evaporate tears.
  • Disease: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, Thyroid Abnormality, Asthma, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Lupus and Rosacea are just a few of the conditions that can contribute to dry eye symptoms
  • Refractive surgery: candidates thinking of having Lasik, RK, PRK, or LTK procedures  should consult with their eyecare professional regarding the risk factors for dry eye syndrome associated with the surgery.
  • Computer or gaming usage: In most cases, a person who stares at a computer for more that 1 hour a day reduces the amount of blinking by 70%. Blinking is a vital function in tear production, by ignoring blinking you eyes will be compromised regardless of age.

Treatment:

 Depending on the complexity and type of dry eyes you have, Dr. Bass will find the best method of treatment for each particular case. Our goal is to restore your all day comfort, crisp vision , and overall eye health.

Call our office: 602-404-2005 to start your evaluation today.