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What is "Dry Eye" anyway?

Dry Eyes

There’s a big difference between someone who needs the occasional eye drops because they’re experiencing temporary dryness, due to a change in climate or environment, and someone who is chronically suffering from irritable, dry eyes.

If you’re reading this, it is likely that you’re the latter.

But you may still be wondering: what’s the big difference between the two? How do I know I need to seek help and treatment?

This checklist will help you identify if you suffer from Dry Eye:

☑ Red, burning, gritty and uncomfortable eyes

☑ Discharge

☑ Stinging

☑ Fatigued eyes

☑ Blurred vision

 Sensitivity to light

 Intolerance to contact lenses

 Difficulty driving at night

What causes Dry Eye?

Dry eyes can come from low tear production, which leaves the eye with inadequate lubrication or inadequate oil glands, causing the tears to evaporate from the surface of the eye.

This can be caused by many factors, such as:

  • Aging
  • Menopause
  • Medication
  • Medical conditions (autoimmune disorders, sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Contact lens wear
  • Smoking
  • Indoor environment: air conditioning, ceiling fans, forced air heating systems.
  • Outdoor environment: dry or windy climates
  • Computer use

    How do I treat Dry Eye?

    Your optometrist will do an extensive eye exam to find out what is causing your eyes to be dry and determine an appropriate treatment plan. 

    If you are not producing enough tears, artificial tears or prescription medication will be a solution.  If the oily part of your tears are the problem, taking Omega 3's and warming your oil glands with a heating mask will help. 

    Overall, a healthy eyecare routine involves taking Omega 3's to keep your oil glands healthy and cleaning your eyelashes morning and night with a safe cleanser.  Take care of your eyes daily and you will see the difference!

    Wishing you well,

    The Eye Drop Shop Team xo   

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