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Are you finding that your eyes are often red, irritated, or dry? Studies indicate that dry eye syndrome (DES) affects millions worldwide, significantly impacting their quality of life and vision. This common condition is often misunderstood and can lead to frustration for those who suffer from it without proper care.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

DES occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or when the tears evaporate too quickly, leading to inflammation and discomfort. This imbalance in the tear film can compromise the eye's surface health, making it blurry and causing discomfort. Symptoms can range from a mere nuisance to severe irritation, affecting daily activities and overall eye health.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

Symptoms can vary from person to person but commonly include:

  • A stinging, burning, or scratchy sensation in your eyes
  • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye redness
  • A sensation of having something in your eyes
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Difficulty with nighttime driving
  • Watery eyes, which is the body's response to the irritation
  • Blurred vision or eye fatigue that improves with blinking

What Causes Dry Eye?

The primary causes associated with DES include:

  1. Aging, particularly for women during menopause
  2. Hormonal changes affecting tear production
  3. Environmental factors such as wind, dry air, and exposure to smoke
  4. Prolonged screen use leads to reduced blinking
  5. Certain medications, including antihistamines and blood pressure drugs
  6. Underlying health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome, and thyroid disorders

Dry Eye Treatments in Toronto

At Junction Optometrists, we go beyond merely alleviating symptoms. We identify the root cause through comprehensive examinations using the latest diagnostic tools.

Understanding the underlying factors allows us to tailor a treatment plan that addresses your needs, offering effective and lasting relief. Our treatments range from lifestyle adjustments and tear supplements to advanced therapies to improve tear quality and eye surface health.

Whether you're experiencing mild discomfort or more severe symptoms, our team is here to provide expert care and support.

Navigating DES With Common FAQs

Are there different types of DES?

Yes, dry eye can be categorized mainly into two types: Evaporative Dry Eye, caused by blockages in the oil glands of the eyelids leading to rapid tear evaporation, and Aqueous Dry Eye, resulting from insufficient tear production by the lacrimal glands.

How is dry eye diagnosed?

Dry eye can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam that includes a review of your health history and symptoms, along with specific tests to measure tear production, quality, and eye surface condition.

Can I have LASIK if I have DES?

People with dry eyes are not automatically disqualify from being candidates for LASIK surgery. However, managing and treating dry eye symptoms is crucial before the procedure. LASIK can exacerbate dry eye conditions, affecting the nerves responsible for tear production. A thorough evaluation is necessary to determine the severity of your dry eye and whether it can be sufficiently managed or treated before LASIK.

What is the difference between dry eye and chronic red eye?

Dry eye syndrome and chronic red eyes are two distinct conditions. While redness can be a symptom of dry eye, chronic red eyes may also present with itching, discharge, or pain, indicating different underlying issues. Consult with your eye doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.

Why do my eyes feel dry after flying?

Dry eyes after long periods of air travel are a common issue, primarily because of low humidity levels found in airplane cabins. The recycled air in the cabin is much drier than what we're accustomed to, and this lack of moisture can cause the tears on the surface of your eyes to evaporate more quickly. To mitigate these effects, stay hydrated, use artificial tears, and take regular breaks from screen use to blink and rest your eyes.

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