Dry eye disease is a progressive condition that can leave your eyes feeling gritty, dry, and uncomfortable. Dry eyes are often caused by your eyes not producing enough tears, or that your tears are too low quality to keep your eyes moisturized. Without proper treatment, dry eyes can lead to long-term complications, infections, and even corneal scarring.
There are many reasons behind your uncomfortable, gritty eyes. Ultimately, dry eye disease is a direct result of insufficient or inadequate tears. Without an ample supply of good quality tears, your eyes cannot lubricate themselves, leaving them feeling irritated.
The tear film is the layer of tears that spreads across your eyes as they blink, keeping them lubricated and comfortable. The tear film is responsible for washing away bacteria, focusing light, and of course, moistening your eyes with each blink.
The tear film is made up of 3 layers; oil, mucus, and water. If 1 layer is out of balance, your eyes will feel dry.
Although poor tear quality is often the culprit behind dry eyes, many external factors can worsen symptoms. These include:
If you have dry eye disease, the symptoms are often hard to miss. They include:
For short-term, temporary relief from dry eyes, consider purchasing some over-the-counter artificial tears for dry eyes. Avoid eye drops for redness, as they can cause dependence. You can also adjust your diet to include some specific vitamins and minerals to promote natural, healthy tear production.
Many different treatments can help soothe your dry eyes and bring you relief. When you visit us at Pacific View Eyecare Center, we’ll assess your eyes to determine the root cause of your symptoms and prescribe an appropriate treatment. If you’re experiencing dry eyes, please, give us a call to book you in for an appointment.
We’re located in the beautiful Westlake Professional Center on Westlake Street and Encinitas Boulevard. Access our parking lot off Westlake Street.