Shedding Light on Dry Eye: Understanding Symptoms and Finding Relief

July 17, 2023
Have you ever experienced the sensation of your eyes feeling as dry as a bone in the desert? It's a common feeling that millions of people experience on a daily basis. Dry eye syndrome is a frustrating condition that can make simple tasks like scrolling through your phone or watching a movie unbearable.

But did you know that dry eye is not just a nuisance but can also indicate something more severe? Let’s explore the causes and risk factors of dry eye as well as some eye-opening treatments, including MiSight lenses, available from Maison Optique Vision Center in Lafayette.

What Causes Dry Eye?

Dry Eye is a common condition that occurs when your eyes don't produce enough tears or your tears evaporate too quickly. Several factors can contribute to this irritating and uncomfortable condition.

Firstly, a reduction in tear production can be caused by aging, hormonal imbalances, or certain medical conditions like autoimmune disorders. This decrease in tear production leads to insufficient lubrication for the eyes, resulting in dryness and discomfort.

Secondly, the poor quality of tears can also contribute to dry eyes. Even if you produce an adequate amount of tears, they may lack the necessary balance of essential oils and mucus to effectively keep the eyes hydrated. This imbalance in tear composition can lead to rapid evaporation and increased dryness.

Finally, environmental factors play a significant role in dry eyes. Exposure to air conditioning, windy conditions, smoke, or dry air can all contribute to the evaporation of tears and moisture from the eyes. These external elements can exacerbate dryness and make you more susceptible to developing dry eye symptoms.

Common Risk Factors to Look Out For

The risk of dry eye increases as we age. This is because our tear glands become less efficient as we get older. Gender can also be a factor: women are more likely to develop dry eye than men, particularly during menopause.

Additionally, certain medications like antihistamines and decongestants can have the side effect of reducing tear production, further contributing to dry eye symptoms.

Exploring the Latest Treatment Options

The good news is that there are several treatments available to manage dry eye. One such treatment is the use of artificial tears, preferably prescribed by your eye doctor. Another highly effective option is the use of special contact lenses, such as MiSight lenses. These are specifically made to keep the eyes moist and offer clear vision. MiSight lenses are made from a unique material that helps retain moisture on the surface of the eye, reducing symptoms of dryness and irritation.

Additionally, because they are daily disposable lenses, they provide a fresh, clean surface every day, reducing the risk of bacterial or fungal infections. If you suffer from dry eye, speak to your optometrist about whether MiSight lenses may be right for you. Call us at Maison Optique Vision Center in Lafayette at 337-988-6442 to schedule an appointment today!
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