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The average person blinks between 15 to 20 times per minute. If you do the math, that’s over 28,000 times a day!
Why do we blink? It allows us to clear particles and debris from our eyes. Not only that, but it also lubricates the eyeballs, which is necessary for proper vision.
Certain things, however, can lower your tear production and that can cause dry eye syndrome.
What is it? What are the symptoms of dry eye disease? How can you treat it? Find out all of the answers and more by reading the rest of the post!
What Is Dry Eye Disease?
Dry eye disease is a condition in which the eyes don’t produce enough tears. It can also happen if the tears are of poor quality or if they evaporate too quickly. Blockage or inflammation of the oil-secreting glands can also cause blepharitis, which can lead to dry eyes.
While anyone can develop the condition, it’s more commonly seen in women, especially those above the age of 60. Those who wear contact lenses are also more likely to experience symptoms (contact lenses will draw water from the eye over time).
Common Dry Eye Disease Symptoms
Common symptoms include stinging or burning, redness, difficulty wearing contact lenses, sensitivity to light, watery eyes, stringy mucus, and eye fatigue. Depending on the severity, it may also feel as if you have sand in your eyes.
In some cases, it can also cause changes in vision. For example, you may notice halos around lights, especially at night; this is due to the light scattering as it enters your eye. On top of that, it can also cause blurred vision.
Consider seeing an eye doctor if your symptoms don’t improve or if they’re affecting your quality of life. They’ll be able to identify and treat the underlying cause.
Different Dry Eye Disease Treatments
The good news is that there are several ways to improve dry eye symptoms. For example, you can use lubricating eye drops, also called artificial tears. They’ll add moisture to the eyes, which will help with the discomfort.
Punctal plugs are another option. They’re small devices that are inserted into the tear ducts to block drainage; this will increase the amount of moisture on the eye’s surface. There are two types: semi-permanent plugs (made from silicone) and dissolvable plugs (made from collagen).
There are also prescription eye drops that you can use that’ll increase tear production. However, they’re typically reserved for more severe cases.
Understanding the Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease
Now you can identify the symptoms of dry eye disease! As you can see, it can manifest in several different ways. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available. When in doubt, see your eye doctor!
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