What is Dry Eye?

Do you experience uncomfortable, dry, irritated, eyes?

Recent studies suggest up to 30 million American’s have signs and symptoms of ocular surface disease. In a day and age of constant computer and phone use, dry eye is more an epidemic today than ever before. Symptoms of dryness and ocular disease include:

  • Burning, stinging sensation.
  • Fluctuations in vision with blinks
  • Tired,fatigued eyes
  • Red, irritated-looking eyes
  • Excess tearing
  • Inability to wear contact lenses

Many of our lives revolve around computer use. Many of us spend 12+ hours on the computer. Have you ever sat back and looked at the time and thought, “Wow, 3 hours just went by and I haven’t looked away from the screen. I don’t think I even blinked!”. Countless studies have shown that we blink 60% less while working on digital devices. Our ocular surface constantly needs to be refreshed with the spreading of new tears across the eye, so that is reduced by 60%. You can tell this is the case when you have to rub your eyes to get rid of that uncomfortable dry feeling.

Many other issues in our lives can lead to an increase in the signs and symptoms of dry eye –

Drugs considered to cause and aggravate OSD:

  • Acne medication
  • Antihistamines
  • Anti-anxiety medication
  • Birth Control
  • Depression medication
  • Eye drops
    • Glaucoma Drops – timolol, brinzolamide, latanoprost
    • Antihistamines, olopatadine, emedastine
    • Antivirals – aciclovir, trifluridine
    • Preservatives in Artificial Tears : benzalkonium chloride
    • NSAIDS: bromfenac, diclofenac
  • Hormone Replacement

Other conditions that can increase and aggravate OSD:

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Auto-immute disease: Sjogrens, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus
  • Contact lens wear
  • Sleep apnea
  • Poor lid closure at night – Floppy Eyelid syndrome
  • Previous eye surgery: Cataract, LASIK

Do you think you have dry eye? Take 2 minutes to fill out the OSDI symptom Survey below:

Printable Version: http://www.dryeyezone.com/documents/osdi.pdf

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