Tears are necessary for maintaining health eyes and for providing clear vision. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or have a poor quality of tears. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults, and more commonly in women.
Symptoms of dry eye include; irritated, gritty, scratchy, or burning eyes, a feeling of something in the eyes, excess watering, and blurred vision. Advanced dry eyes may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision. This problem can make it more difficult to perform some activities, such as using a computer or reading for an extended period of time.
Dry Eye syndrome is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam. When it comes to treating dry eyes, everyone's needs are a little different. Depending on the cause, your doctor may use various approaches to relieve the symptoms.
• Artificial tear drops or ointments
• Temporary or permanent punctal plugs
• Bruder Hydrating Eye Mask (available at Crew and Boss Eye Associates)
• PRN Omega-3 Dry Eye formula (available through Crew and Boss Eye Associates)
• Supplements and other medications