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Chronic Dry Eye?

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Chronic Dry Eye?

Chronic Dry Eye?

The condition known as “chronic dry eye” can take a variety of different forms. So, before we go much further, let’s talk about the list of symptoms that could point to you, or someone you know, suffering from this interruptive and frequently painful condition.

Dry eye is a condition in which a person doesn’t have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults (Definition Courtesy: American Optometric Association).
The Symptoms of Chronic Dry Eye

Chronic Dry Eye, which may also be referred to as “Dry Eye Syndrome,” “Dry Eye Disease,” or simply, “Dry Eye,” can manifest in a wide variety of forms, often varying widely from one case to another. Thanks to a nice bit of research shared on MyEyeLove.com, here is a list of the most common symptoms associated with this malady:

  • Stinging
  • Irritation
  • Grittiness
  • Occasional blurry vision
  • Feeling like you have something in your eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Redness
  • Watery eyes—which can seem confusing, given the name “Dry Eye”
  • The below video provides an exploration of the most common dry eye symptoms. Perhaps you’ll identify with one or more?
     

    Video Courtesy: MyEyeLove.com
     
    If you’re having any of these issues, it’s important to find out the cause. A visit with an eye doctor is the best step here. After all, there are both treatments and lifestyle recommendations that can vastly improve this condition. Further, dry eye is frequently progressive, meaning it will worsen over time. The symptom(s) you are experiencing may also be pointing to another, more serious condition. Getting a professional assessment will help you get to the bottom of things.
     

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    The above chart shows the area most commonly experiencing irritation and dryness with “dry eye syndrome.” Image Courtesy: katzeneye.com

     

    The Causes of Dry Eye

    Much like the wide ranging symptoms that can be categorized as “dry eye,” the number of different possible causes makes it one of the more challenging conditions to both diagnose and treat. That said, understanding these elements may aid you (and your doctor) in the assessment and treatment process. The below video features a panel of eye doctors discussing the most frequent roots of dry eye. Here again, like the long list of symptoms, what causes dry eye is just as myriad.
     

    Video Courtesy: MyEyeLove.com
     
    If your eyes are feeling gritty, itchy, dry or blurry at times, talk to your eye doctor. There are some good treatments available that may help to alleviate these symptoms.

    To read more on the subject of Dry Eye, see this excellent article on the American Optometric Association’s website.