Treat Your Dry, Itchy Eyes
Have you ever continuously rubbed your eyes to no avail, wondering why the stinging, burning, or itchy feeling just wouldn’t let up? You could be struggling with dry eye syndrome, an eye condition that affects 30% of Canadians.
You can get dry eyes from various factors, but one thing stays the same: it’s uncomfortable. At Visus Eyewear + Eyecare, we will gladly assess your eye health and determine if you have dry eyes. We have in-office and at-home treatments to give your eyes the relief they crave.
What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
The common eye condition affects your tear film (comprising three layers we’ll discuss below) and overall eye comfort.
The layers of your tear film keep your eyes hydrated, and a dysfunction in one or more of the layers often results in dry eye syndrome. The layers of the tear film each have a distinct responsibility:
- Mucin layer: the inner mucus layer keeps the tear film attached to the eye.
- Aqueous layer: the watery middle layer hydrates and nourishes the eye.
- Lipid layer: the oily outer layer prevents your tears from evaporating too quickly and keeps the eye’s surface smooth.
When each of these layers functions well, the tear film ensures you have adequate tears to lubricate your eyes. So, a breach in their function could cause dry eyes.
Why Do I Have Dry Eyes?
The causes of dry eye syndrome vary from person to person, depending on age, environment, and medical history. Dry eye occurs when there’s a tear film dysfunction, which could result from the following factors:
- Previous medical conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid issues
- Vitamin A deficiency
- Certain medications, including hormone replacement therapy, antidepressants, birth control
- Nerve damage in the eye
- Eye conditions like blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction
- Eye allergies
- Blinking less often due to digital eye strain or certain conditions like Parkinson’s disease
- Exposure to wind, smoke, dry air
So, whether you have eye allergies, are predisposed to eye conditions, or aging gracefully, visit us at Visus Eyewear + Eyecare to find out if you have dry eye syndrome. The more we know, the better we can treat you.
Dry Eye Symptoms
One thing is for sure: dry eyes are uncomfortable. Dry eye symptoms will typically appear in both eyes, and you may notice:
- Stinging, burning, or itchy eyes
- Eye redness
- Feeling like there’s something in your eye
- Blurry vision
- Tired eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Stringy mucus around your eyes
- Watery eyes
Is There Treatment for Dry Eyes?
Whether you experience one dry eye symptom or several, we understand you crave a little relief. Dry eye syndrome is one of the many eye issues we can detect during our comprehensive eye exams.
Once we get a closer look at your eye health, we can recommend an appropriate treatment plan for your needs. We offer in-office and at-home dry eye solutions for your convenience.
Over-the-Counter or Prescription Eye Drops
Therapeutic Eye Masks
Your meibomian glands (along the edge of the eyelid) can become blocked and limit the amount of oil you need for adequate tear production, leading to dry eye symptoms. Relief can be achieved with warm therapeutic eye masks designed to soften and loosen the buildup in your glands, allowing tear production to improve.
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Get Comfort for Your Dry Eyes at Visus Eyewear + Eyecare
Are your eyes causing you discomfort? Let us help you find the relief you deserve and say goodbye to those pesky dry eye symptoms.
Stop by our office on Upper James Street just north of Rymal Road E. We’re right off the LINC for convenient access from all over the Greater Hamilton area.