Dry Eye Syndrome
One of the most common eye conditions reported today is dry eye. Known to affect women more than men, dry eye syndrome is a persistent feeling of scratchiness, burning or excessive sensation that interferes with vision quality. Many individuals report the feeling of a foreign body present in the eye that negatively affects their daily life. Common symptoms of dry eye include:
- Blurry vision
- A feeling of sandiness or grittiness
- Excessive tearing
Known for its extremely high temperatures and low humidity, living in the Phoenix area can make you prone to dry eye syndrome. Northern Avenue Eye Care offers full-service optometry services that include dry eye treatment designed to help you to discover the root cause of your symptoms.
Causes of Dry Eye
The most effective method for dry eye treatment is to discover and understand the root cause of the present symptoms. The most common root cause of dry eyes is due to an issue with tears. These problems are often caused by several conditions that include your current health condition, prescription drugs, and environmental issues.
Long periods of reading on a tablet or computer or watching television can significantly reduce the amount of blinking leading to dry eye, strain, and redness. The most common health conditions that can develop chronic dry eye syndrome are:
- Autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Type 1 Diabetes, Sjogren’s syndrome
- Thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism
- Refractive eye surgery
- Central nervous system disease such as Parkinson's
- Extended use of contact lenses
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Frequent exposure to low humidity environments such as air-conditioned office buildings, airports, retail stores, hospitals or outdoor exposure can reduce tear production and cause a feeling of grittiness, redness or eye irritation.
Prescription and Over-the-Counter Use
The use of popular over-the-counter medications to treat common allergies, sleeping aids and sinus can be the culprit for your dry eyes as certain formulations may affect tear production. Additionally, the frequent use of popular eye drops contains preservatives and other ingredients that may also result in dry eye syndrome.
If you are experiencing dry eye syndrome, there is help. The team at Northern Avenue Eye Care provides full-service optometry in the Phoenix area where you will receive the professional care and personal attention you deserve. We will thoroughly discuss your dry eye symptoms and create a comprehensive treatment plan and address your overall vision needs.
Call us today to schedule an appointment at (602) 995-8848.