Dry Eyes 101

Have you ever felt a persistent burning, stinging or gritty sensation in your eyes? These are just a few symptoms associated with Dry Eye Disease. Dry eye is the simple term used to describe these symptoms, but the actual medical term iskeratoconjunctivitis sicca – sounds complicated! The complexity doesn’t stop there - Dry Eye Disease is defined as a multifactorial disease of the surface of the eye and occurs when the tear film of the eye loses its natural balance or isn’t being produced enough to moisturise the eyes.

Your eyes will be red, itchy, blurred and sore and may feel gritty.

Interesting facts:

  • There is a direct link to time spent in front of a screen (because you blink 6-8 times less when you stare at a screen, preventing your tears from replenishing).

  • There is a direct link to wearing contact lenses.

  • There is a direct link to age.

  • It is a common side-effect of having LASIK / laser eye surgery or other eye surgeries.

  • Make up may contribute.

  • Correct management is the best solution.

  • 48% of adult Americans experience dry eye and it is twice as likely to happen in women rather than men (pharmacytimes.com)


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