Common Symptoms of Dry Eyes

Have you been experiencing a burning, gritty, or sticky sensation? Or have your eyes been unusually red or watery? You may have dry eye syndrome that affects more than eighteen million American’s regardless of their age, lifestyle, or occupation. But you don’t have to live with it.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

In a healthy eye, tiny glands inside your eyelids called Meibomian glands produce a complex oil that mixes with your natural tears. The presence of this oil stabilizes the tear film that moistens and lubricates your eye, washes away dust and debris, fights bacterial infection, and produces all-day comfort that allows you to see as clearly as possible.

If these glands aren’t functioning properly, or if other factors are at play, the tear film becomes unstable, fails to do its job, or may evaporate more quickly than normal. The result is the dry, burning, or gritty sensations, and less than optimal vision.

Symptoms of Dry Eyes

One very common symptom of dry eye syndrome is a stinging or burning sensation in the eye. This may be extremely uncomfortable. Eye drops can be used to help alleviate this symptom, but this is not a sustainable solution, as eye drops can make the condition worse over time.

Another common symptom of dry eyes is eye redness, which is often misdiagnosed as another condition, such as conjunctivitis or insomnia.

If you wear contact lenses, you may have difficulty wearing them. There may be a sensation of discomfort or irritation that prohibits you from wearing them for long periods of time. If, after applying eye drops, your eyes still feel irritated wearing contact lenses, dry eyes may be the cause.

You may feel sensitivity to light when being outdoors or when watching television or using the computer, this can be caused by your eyes not having enough lubricant to properly function. Being in bright rooms or outdoors may exacerbate this condition and you may feel more comfortable being in dark rooms with little light.

When Should You See an Eye Doctor?

If you have the symptoms listed above, it’s worth it to see a doctor to check for dry eye syndrome. Contact our office to book your appointment now.


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What are Dry Eyes?

Red, dry, itchy eyes that are caused by sitting in front of a computer screen for too long at a time may be dry eye condition. If you are an office worker or experiencing this issue, then it may be time to seek an eye care expert’s medical opinion. Here at Lifetime Vision in Grand Forks, ND, we will start with diagnosing the condition and look for the best treatment options for your dry eye condition.

What is Dry Eye

The dry eye condition is an increasingly common eye condition caused by staring at digital screens for too long. It is due to being unable to produce tears to moisturize the eye. If you stare at blue light from a digital screen without blinking for hours at a time, day after day, this can cause dry eye. You can also develop dry eye due to age since the risk for dry eye increases among post-menopausal women.

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Symptoms of Dry Eye

Dry, red, itchy eyes that become inflamed and are sensitive to light may be suffering from a dry eye condition. When you have dry eye, your eyeball is not able to naturally spread moisture aka tears across the eye when you blink. As a result, your eyes are not able to protect and nourish themselves naturally.

Treating Dry Eye Condition

The first step in treating dry eye condition is diagnosing the problem correctly. After you get a comprehensive eye exam in Grand Forks, ND to check for dry eye, we will provide you with a personalized treatment plan. Most commonly we prescribe eye drops to help lubricate the eyes more naturally.

If you have dry eye, OTC eye drops may increase the irritation by removing your natural lubricants. That is why you want to see your eye doctor here at Lifetime Vision to get a proper diagnosis for your dry eye condition along with the right eye treatment.

Start Dry Eye Treatment Today

Contact Lifetime Vision by calling 701-746-6745 and schedule an appointment for an eye exam to see if you have a dry eye condition. Our helpful staff walks you through the steps of getting started with our eye care services.