Help Your Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eye Syndrome is an actual medical diagnosis; keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS). The American Optometric Association lays out very nicely the cause, diagnosis and treatment of this disease. MyDryEyes.com is a good resource for information regarding this as well. If you've ever been at a computer for too long or watched a movie and at the end of it you feel this gritty sensation when you actually close your eyes, you are experiencing what people with Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome experience almost every day. How awful would that be?
Our eyes need lubrication! Tears provide a smooth optical surface, protect the eyes, deliver nutrients and make life more comfortable. Each time we blink we are supplying a fresh coat of tears to the optical surface and giving our eyes the benefits we discussed. Blame it on birthdays, but our eyes get drier over our lifespan. There are so many people living with this deficiency and just thinking it is a way of life, not realize how much better their optical health can be.
Even our environment can contribute to dry eyes. One recent study showed that when we were involved in tasks that require concentration (computers or reading) we blink less, up to half as much in some cases. Even if we consciously blink more, which is very hard to do, our blinks are generally incomplete. This leads to the same syndromes as the naturally occurring dry eye effect. The good news with all this is that there are therapies and drops that can significantly improve or maintain tear health. It is important to have your yearly exam and tell your doctor about your symptoms. Make an appointment with one of ours at 909.861.3737 to find out how we can help.