Dry Eye Awareness
With July being Dry Eye Awareness month, we think it’s the perfect time to discuss this common, highly treatable condition. Essentially, dry eye occurs when your eyes aren’t receiving the proper amount of lubrication.
According to the National Eye Institute, “Nearly five million Americans 50 years of age and older are estimated to have dry eye.” Of those affected, about 60 percent are women. The underlying cause of dry eye can stem from a variety of reasons –underlying eye conditions, hormones, medication side effects, and not blinking frequently enough.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
- Stinging and burning
- Sandy, gritty, scratchy feeling
- Excess tearing (which sounds counterintuitive)
- Discomfort when wearing contact lenses
Treatment Options for Dry Eye
A number of treatments are available for dry eye, including drops, supplements, compresses, and goggles. Two of our most popular treatments – LipiFlow and BlephEx – will be discussed in the next post.
Regular eye exams should be part of your overall healthcare routine. Contact us at Ludwick Eye Center today to set up your annual exam or dry eye evaluation.
-Ludwick Eye Center