The condition known as “dry eyes” is a common one that occurs when our tears aren’t providing enough lubrication for our eyes, and it’s often very painful or uncomfortable. If you have this condition, your eyes may burn or sting. The condition can be aggravated by certain situations, such as air travel, air-conditioning, riding a bike, or looking at a computer screen for long periods of time. In this last case, the issue is known as Computer Vision Syndrome; mst of us use computers during our working hours these days, while our leisure time can often include time spent in front of those screens, as well. Those dry eyes can keep us from doing our jobs, and let’s don’t even talk about the missed episodes of our favorite show! Reading a book will be out of the question, too. It can truly make life miserable. Here at Classic Vision Care, we care about our patients and want them to live their best lives, and dry eyes can stand in the way of that. So we’re here to help!
You are more likely to experience dry eyes if you are over 50, female, or if your diet is low in vitamin A. Contact lens wearers are also at an increased risk, as are those who suffer from seasonal allergies. As someone who personally suffers from seasonal allergies, I know how much they can affect your day-to-day life when the pollen count skyrockets!
Some dry eye symptoms can include a stinging or scratchy sensation in your eyes, redness or stringy mucus around them, sensitivity to light or difficulty in wearing your contact lenses. If you are experiencing these symptoms or even just a general feeling that there is something in your eye that doesn’t belong there, contact your eye doctor; they can provide immediate help in alleviating that dry eye discomfort. Treatment will make you feel more comfortable and can include eye drops or even some lifestyle changes at the advice of your eye professional.
In today’s day and age, it can be hard to go long periods of time without looking at a screen, particularly if your job involves using a computer or a smartphone! That’s why it is important for your comfort and for your eyes that you do what you can to take care of them and to prevent Computer Vision. Computer Vision can worsen if not cared for properly, and people who have dry eyes may experience infections, damage, and a decrease in their quality of life.
Dry Eyes Remedies
We do have some remedies to share with you, however. In addition to taking a break from your computer screen every half hour or so, we recommend:
- Wearing corrective lenses
- Eye drops for lubrication
- Using a humidifier
- Drinking plenty of water
- Prescription medication to increase tear production
If you’d like some more information on dry eyes, treatment, and some frequently asked questions on the topic, head over to Classic Vision Care and check out our dry eyes page! If you are experiencing this uncomfortable condition, here at Classic Vision Care we have a remedy for that!