Dry Eye Syndrome can occur at any age but is usually most notable by the time someone reaches the age of 50. With many different causes of Dry Eye Syndrome (DES), it may not always be 100% curable. DES is a chronic and typically progressive condition but there are ways to successfully manage DES and ensure you get relief from dry eyes.
Understanding Dry Eye Syndrome
Depending on the severity, dry eye syndrome can be temporary or chronic. People suffering from DES, experience a wide range of symptoms, causes, and factors. The following is a list of some of the most common symptoms and causes of dry eyes. It is important to note, however, that this list does not intend to be exhaustive, and that DES may have more symptoms and factors.
Symptoms of Dry Eyes
- Itchy Eyes
- Heavy Eyes
- Red Eyes
- Fatigued Eyes
- Aching Sensations
- Blurred Vision
- Photophobia (light sensitivity)
- Burning Sensations
- Foreign Body Sensation (grit or material is in your eye)
- Decreased tolerance of reading, screen time, or any activity that requires sustained visual attention
What is Associated with Dry Eyes?
- Contact Lens Wear
- Computer Use
- Indoor Environment
- Outdoor Environment
Finding Relief Options
Up Your Water Intake – If you find yourself feeling dehydrated while experiencing DES; try upping your water intake as this may help relieve you from dry eyes.
Use Artificial Tears – There are many different non-prescription products for dry eye relief that can be purchased over the counter at many local drug stores. In mild cases of DES, this may help alleviate some of the pain and dryness but if you notice you’re experiencing more moderate to severe symptoms, consider consulting an eye physician such as Eye Physicians of North Houston.
Supplement Your Diet – Eating more essential omega-3 fatty acids that are found in salmon, tuna, hemp and chia seeds, egg yolks, soybean, and palm oil; can all help relieve the symptoms of dry eyes by nourishing your body in other ways.
Change Your Environment – Different environmental factors can cause dry eyes and indoor and outdoor conditions alike. Air conditions, and windy weather – can all cause your eyes to dry out and cause irritation.
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