WHAT IS DRY EYE SYNDROME?
DRY EYE SYNDROME (DES) IS A MULTIFACTORIAL DISEASE OF THE TEARS WHICH CAN RESULT IN HIGH TEAR FILM EVAPORATION OR LOW TEAR PRODUCTION.
- Red, irritated or watering eyes
- Dry, scratchy or itchy eyes
- Blurred vision
- Burning sensation
- Sensitivity to bright light, cold wind or air conditioning
- Discharge or crusting around your eyelids in the morning
Dry Eye Syndrome can be a part of the natural ageing process (especially during menopause in women); a side effect of many medications (including the oral contraceptive), or the result of living in a dry or windy climate. People who have undergone cataract surgery, laser eye treatment or wear contact lenses may also suffer from this condition. If you have arthritis, asthma, gout, diabetes or if you are over 40 years old, you may also be prone to Dry Eye. Dry Eye Syndrome can also be symptomatic of some diseases including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjögren’s syndrome.
TAKE THE SELF TEST
If you have any of the following it is possible that you have Dry Eye Syndrome:
- Red eyes?
- Watery eyes (these can be due to an ineffective tear film)?
- Do your eyes feel dry?
- Do your eyes feel scratchy?
- Do your eyes feel irritated?
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions then perhaps it’s time to book an appointment with Visique Total Vision today to for a consultation.