The Patient's Guide to Dry Eye Syndrome: Overview8:08 PM
As promised, the forthcoming posts are my opus to the overwhelming topic of dry eye. The spectrum of Dry Eye Syndrome ranges from patients suffering from mild contact lens discomfort at the end of the day, to those at risk of needing a corneal graft due to the extreme damage done to their eye from dryness. Most patients fall somewhere in the middle, with dryness being severe enough to cause marked discomfort at some point during the course of their day.
Do you have dry eye? Here are some of the hallmark symptoms:
- dryness, itching, burning, sharp pains, and watering --- Though it seems counterintuitive, watering is a response to your eye being too dry! The eye tries to protect its surface by producing emergency tears, but these tears do not have the proper components and run down the side of your face.
- decreased visual quality or intermittent haziness, especially between blinks (especially with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction specifically)
- discomfort at the computer --- Studies show we blink about half as often at the computer than we do in conversation!
- crusting or eyelid irritation
- redness, both of the white of the eye and along the eyelids