Most people take their eyesight for granted. They may go and see an Optometrist occasionally if they need to have glasses or contact lenses fitted.
The eyes themselves are a wonder of Mother Nature, and they need to be looked after! But did you know that all sorts of other health conditions can affect the eyes?
It is estimated by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) that nearly five million Americans over the age of 50 suffer from a condition called Dry Eye.
It can be a very irritating condition and if treatment is neglected for too long, it can even lead to damage to the cornea and impaired vision. The good news is that here at Classic Vision Care, Dr. Mital Patel can diagnose and treat your Dry Eyes.
What is Dry Eye?
Tears are actually a lot more than most people think. They contain a mix of water, natural oils, mucus, proteins, and antibodies. This mix becomes a moist film that covers the eye and even helps to fight germs and infections.
Our eyes need to be kept moist by our tears in order to be lubricated and feel comfortable. The tear ducts produce enough tears to lubricate the eyes and keep them functioning normally. When we blink, we spread this thin, moist film over the surface of the eye.
Have you ever had to keep your eyes open in a dry and dusty environment for too long? Then you’ll understand as the moisture on the surface of the eyes dries out, the eyes start to feel a little prickly and uncomfortable.
Dry Eye is a condition where there are not enough tears produced to keep the eyes moist and comfortable. Dry Eye typically exhibits the following symptoms:
- A feeling as if you have dust or some sort of grit in your eyes
- Itchy and red eyes
- Tired eyes, especially after a short time spent reading
- Eye sensitivity to wind and smoke
- A sensitivity to light
- Blurry or double vision
It’s certainly not a comfortable feeling to have Dry Eyes. Even though anyone can suffer from it, the risk is increased due to age, other medical conditions, some medications, allergies, and certain types of climate and environment.
Just imagine the daily discomfort when suffering from Dry Eye disease. Indeed, in some cases it’s so bad that it can cause anxiety and even depression.
The difference between chronic Dry Eye and temporary Dry Eye
It’s likely that not all instances of Dry Eye are reported. This is largely because many people suffer from Dry Eye that is directly related to environmental conditions. In these cases, leaving the environment will stop the Dry Eye.
People who are around dry and dusty conditions will often find that their eyes dry out very quickly, leading to a temporary state of Dry Eye. And certain medications, such as some sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs, can even cause Dry Eye.
Chronic Dry Eye disease is a condition that persists beyond these environmental factors and other controllable variables. It is important to make an appointment as soon as possible with Dr. Mital Patel at one of our Classic Vision Care clinics.
How can we help you?
Dry Eye can certainly be mild, but it can also pose a serious risk to eyesight in the worst cases. Dr. Patel can thoroughly assess your condition and prescribe the appropriate treatment, and provide expert advice on how to avoid risk factors and mitigate symptoms.
She may prescribe special eye drops to help lubricate the eyes and make them feel more comfortable. There are also ointments available that will stimulate the tear ducts to produce more tears. Call us now or book online today for an appointment at one of our clinics in Atlanta, Marietta, or Kennesaw, GA.