DRY EYE SYNDROME (DES)
Dry eye syndrome is a condition in which there is an insufficient quantity or quality of tears. Healthy tears are necessary for maintaining the integrity of the ocular surface and for providing comfortable, clear vision.
Dry eye is a common and usually chronic problem with several different causes such as age, gender and different types of auto immune diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome.
TYPES OF DRY EYE SYNDROME
EVAPORATIVE DRY EYE
This type of dry eye is the most common type and is typically due to eyelid inflammation (blepharitis). The eye will automatically produce more of the aqueous tears to compensate, but these “thin” watery tears don’t adhere well to the eyes and often run down the cheek.
AQUEOUS DEFICIENT DRY EYE
The eye does not produce enough tears due to reduced function or damage to the lacrimal glands from inflammation or as a side effect of certain medications.
Many cases of dry eye represent “mixed varieties” consisting of elements of both types listed above.
Treatment for dry eye depends on its causes and severity. The experienced eye doctors at The Center for Eye Care’s Dry Eye Clinic will evaluate both the quantity and quality of tears to create the best treatment plan for you.
COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME (CVS)
Computer vision syndrome, also referred to as digital eye strain, are eye and vision related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet and cell phone use. Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common symptoms of CVS.
In today’s technologically advanced world its impossible to avoid the over use of digital devices.
Here are some things you can do at home to help relieve your symptoms:
- Put a drop of artificial tears in prior to using a digital device, this will help keep the eyes lubricated.
- Follow the 20/20/20 rule – Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away.
If you are experiencing symptoms associated with dry eye, we can help. Call (631)422-1110