Combating Dry Eye Syndrome: Do You Have Dry Eyes?

March 30, 2010 | Dry Eye

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Have you ever experienced a stinging, burning feeling in your eyes? More often than not the feeling is caused by a condition called Dry Eye Syndrome. Many people may mistake symptoms of Dry Eye for getting a foreign substance like makeup or lotion in one’s eye. However if none of these substances is the culprit, this uncomfortable feeling is a sign that your eyes are not producing enough tears to keep them moist.

There are many external and internal culprits that cause dry eye syndrome. Living in a windy, dusty and dry area can be the sole cause. Many women experience dry eye syndrome due to hormone fluctuation. Birth control pills may contribute to dry eyes, along with menopause. Air-conditioned office environments also may increase dry eye symptoms. Diet is another factor as well – a lack of omega 3 fatty acids can cause the syndrome. A change in any of these factors can cause or cure dry eyes. But what if the symptoms still persist?

Frequent usage of artificial tears can relieve these symptoms. Depending on the severity of dryness, individuals can use artificial tears once a day and as frequently as once every hour. Bringing tears to air-conditioned or dry, windy places can help prevent discomfort before it occurs.

Please note that not all eye drops are good for dry eyes. Eye drops that are used to eliminate redness are NOT artificial tears. Unless the package label states that the formula contains artificial tears, do not use this to relieve dry eyes. Consult your optometrist or ophthalmologist to see what brands may work best for you.

For those with sensitive eyes, preservative-free artificial tears are recommended. Each brand of artificial tears may work differently on every individual – so try a few different brands and see which one works the best for you!