With an estimated 26 million Americans suffering from Dry Eye, it is one of the most common eye conditions in the country. It is a very uncomfortable condition but the good news is that it is treatable. Dry Eye can be the result of two different things going wrong in your eyes. Either your eyes are not making enough tears or they are not producing the proper quality of tears. If you are in the Sammamish area and you are suffering the symptoms of Dry Eye, you should consider contacting the optometry professionals at NewVision Eyecare.
The single most common cause of Dry Eye is aging. With about 5 million sufferers over the age of 50, it is something that seems to be a natural part of the aging process. It is more common in women than in men, a study showed that Dry Eye disease was 50% more prevalent in women than in men. Women may also begin to suffer earlier since the hormones that result from pregnancy or menopause can both cause Dry Eye.
People with certain diseases such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis are more prone to suffer from Dry Eye. Medications often have side effects and among them is sometimes Dry Eye. Drugs that are known to cause this condition are antihistamines, decongestants, some blood pressure medications, and some antidepressants. Be sure to let your optometry professional know about any medical conditions or medications that you are taking.
Your eyes are susceptible to the conditions around them. If you live in a very dry or windy area, it can cause your tears to evaporate more quickly than they should and this can cause your eyes to burn or become scratchy. If you are in an area where there is smoke, this can also cause your eyes to tear and dry out. Also, spending hours staring at a computer screen can sometimes dry out your eyes.
Help is Available
If you are in the Sammamish area and would like to speak to an optometrist about your Dry Eye condition, call NewVision Eyecare at 425-392-2196. We would be happy to schedule an appointment to discuss what treatment options are available.