Dry Eye FAQs

Dry eye is an eye condition in which your eyes become red, tired, and irritated due to a lack of tears. Tears help lubricate your eyes to keep them moist and comfortable. If your eyes stop producing tears, you can develop dry eye syndrome. These FAQs compiled by Mile High Eye Institute, serving residents in Englewood and Denver CO, explain more about dry eye causes, symptoms, and treatment.

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What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a condition caused by poor hydration of your eyes. Every time you blink, your eyes are coated with tears produced by your tear glands. If your glands stop producing tears or produce fewer tears than necessary to lubricate your eyes, they will become red, dry, and itchy. These are symptoms of dry eye syndrome.

Why Are My Eyes Not Producing Sufficient Tears?

Many factors can impact tear production to cause dry eye syndrome. Age is a major factor as your eyes produce fewer tears as you grow older. That’s why dry eye is commonly seen in seniors. Certain medications and autoimmune diseases can reduce tear production and lead to dry eye. Dry eye can also be caused by environmental conditions, the use of contact lenses, and the extensive use of digital devices.

What Are Some Common Symptoms of Dry Eye?

Dry eye can make your eyes red, tired, itchy, and irritated, like the feeling you get when sand or grit gets into your eyes. Some people experience blurred vision and sensitivity to light. Dry eye can impact daily activities like watching TV, using a computer, and reading due to irritating symptoms.

How Serious is Dry Eye?

Dry eye isn’t an immediate threat to your vision. Left untreated, however, it can impact your eye health over time, putting you at risk of cornea damage, eye infections, and scarring.

How Is Dry Eye Diagnosed and Treated?

If you’re experiencing dry eye symptoms, we recommend you visit us for a checkup so we can accurately diagnose your condition. Our team will evaluate your eye hydration and tear film composition to rule out other possible eye health problems that could be causing your symptoms. Once you’ve been diagnosed with dry eye, we’ll discuss possible options for treatment. Mild dry eye can often be treated with artificial tears. For severe cases, you may need prescription eye drops or eye gland treatment to manage dry eye symptoms.

Dry Eye Treatment in Englewood and Denver, CO

Call Mile High Eye Institute today at (303) 482-1300 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.

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