As with other eye disorders, dry eye is normally the result of aging and tends to heavily affect people over the age of 50. Dry eye results in the eye’s inability to produce tears with the proper chemical composition. However, in addition to age, dry eye can be caused by one or more of the following conditions:
- Problems with the normal blinking reflex, which serves to lubricate the eye.
- Use of certain types of medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, oral contraceptives or tranquilizers.
- Environmental factors, such as a dry climate or excessive exposure to the wind.
- Chemical or thermal burns to the eyes
- Some health problems, such as arthritis or an autoimmune condition known as Sjogren’s Syndrome, which affects mostly middle-aged women.
How Is Dry Eye Treated?
As with all other eye disorders, early detection of dry eye will lead to more effective treatment and prevention of serious damage to your eyes. Treatment can be as easy as applying eye drops formulated to simulate the chemical composition of natural tears. There are also soothing ointments that may be applied at bedtime.
If you are experiencing any of the usual symptoms of dry eye, you should call for an appointment at your earliest convenience. We will discuss with you any lifestyle habits, environmental factors or medication you may be taking along with other health conditions that could be causing dry eye symptoms. Dry eye is an easily managed eye disorder.
Schedule a visit today to see how American Vision at the Court in King of Prussia can help you.