These are the tear duct openings or puncta that drain tears to the nose and throat.
Although the condition can affect people of any age, your chances of developing dry eye syndrome increase as you get older. It’s estimated that up to one in every three people over the age of 65 experiences problems with dry eyes. Dry eye syndrome is also more common in women than men. Dry eye syndrome is not usually a serious condition.
• feelings of hot,burning, itchy, gritty or sore eye that get worse throughout the day
• red eyes
• eyelids that stick together when you wake up
• temporarily blurred vision, which usually improves when you blink
Common causes include:
• being in a hot or windy climate
• wearing contact lenses
• certain underlying medical conditions, such as blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids)
• side effects of certain medications
• Eye make up
• hormonal changes, such as during the menopause
Treatments are available to help relieve the symptoms, which include eye drops to lubricate the eyes, medications to reduce any inflammation, and (if necessary) surgery to prevent tears from draining away easily. As well as medical treatments, there are some things you can do yourself to help prevent dry eye syndrome or reduce the symptoms:
• using your computer or laptop correctly to avoid eye strain
• using a humidifier to moisten the air
• eating a healthy diet that includes omega-3 fats
• Drink plenty of water (2 litres a day)
Watch this short animated video to understand better the types of test that may be performed by the optometrist when assessing dry eye problems.
Our Principal Optometrist Tom McMahon BScHons, MCOptom, Dip Tp(AS), Dip Tp(IP), has further qualifications which enables him to run a Tear and Lid Dysfunction at the Practice. Make an appointment now and we can help find a effective solution for your Dry Eye problems.