Dry eye disease is a chronic condition caused by unstable tears and inflammation, and leads to symptoms such as redness, burning, irritation, gritty sensation and blurry vision. Once you have dry eye, your symptoms may come and go and over time will progressively get worse. Our Optometrists at Optic Gallery can help prevent the progression of dry eye and manage your symptoms, so you can enjoy life to the fullest.
What are the symptoms of dry eye?
Approximately 30 million Americans are affected by dry eye. In fact, one in every three eye exams is related to symptoms of dry eyes. Dry eye disease puts you at risk for vision-threatening complications such as corneal infections or scarring.
Dry eye can appear as:
Problems wearing contact lenses
Difficulty with nighttime driving
If you have poor-quality tears or your eyes don’t produce enough tears, you might develop dry eyes.
Am I at risk for dry eye disease?
The most common risk factors for developing dry eyes include:
Previous eye surgery
Problems with the eyelids
Dry air, wind, or smoke
Family history of dry eyes
Wearing contact lenses
How can I reduce my risk for dry eye?
Avoid smoking, dehydration, and eat a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin A. Foods rich in these nutrients include broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, and fatty fish.
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