Chronic dry eye has been on the rise for the last several years, particularly in the Central Valley. Dry eye occurs when the eyes can’t produce enough tears to nourish them, jeopardizing eye health.
Here are four things you should know about dry eye.
1. There are two types of dry eye.
The first of the two—aqueous dry eye— occurs when the eye glands do not produce enough tears. Evaporative dry eye, on the other hand, arises when the tear film lacks oil, causing tears to evaporate rapidly. Eighty-five percent of patients are diagnosed with evaporative dry eye, making it the most common form of dry eye.
2. Older women are more likely to develop dry eye.
As women age and experience hormonal changes, symptoms of dry eye, like blurry vision, heavy lids, and irritation, may begin to appear. However, dry eye is also becoming more common among people who spend a lot of time using digital devices. We tend to blink less when we spend a lot of time in front of a screen.
3. Watery eyes can actually be a symptom.
Believe it or not, watery eyes are a symptom of dry eye. Dryness can sometimes stimulate your eyes into over producing tears. Despite this, the temporary wetness won’t actually correct the condition.
4. It’s treatable.
There are a many different options available to treat dry eye, and our dry eye specialist Dr. Kim Vuong is happy to help you find just the right fit. With our new dry eye services, we have a variety of modern, customizable treatments to meet any patient’s needs. Learn more about dry eye and how EYE-Q can help you.