Our eyes need to be coated with moisture to function properly. It is easy to compare our eyes and the need for a lubricant to coat the eyeball to that of a motor, whereas a comparison of lubricant (usually oil) is needed to ensure the moving parts work properly. As we know if a motor was required to perform without the parts being well lubricated it would only take a short time before the non-lubricated moving parts would suffer from abrasions. In situations where our eyes do not have enough lubricant the condition is known as ‘Dry Eye‘.
Dry eye, or dry eye syndrome as it is often known, is a medical condition that occurs when the sufferer’s eyes lack the correct formation of lubricant. Usually, the lubricant is in the form of tears and dry eye is a result of the body not producing sufficient quantities of tears to oil the eyes and make them relaxed. This condition is more prevalent amongst older people. In Australia alone, around 10 to 15 million people suffer from dry eye syndrome. About three-quarters of sufferers have fairly mild cases, however many of the remaining 10 million or so sufferers experience extremely serious cases of affliction.
One of the very important aspects of dry eye care is having the sufferer understand the symptoms associated with the condition and address the problem correctly. As a guide most people suffering from this problem usually experience constant irritation, their eyes ache and they experience a burning sensation as well as a grainy feel on and around the eyes.
If you suffer from this condition you must undertake an eye care program as soon as possible because if the eyes go untreated it can result in more serious problems occurring in the future. These serious symptoms can include scarring, infection of the cornea and in the most severe of cases even permanent loss of vision. It is vitally important that dry eye syndrome be treated because failure to do so may result in serious consequences.
Dry eye care starts with preventative measures to ensure adequate moisture is present in the eyes. If you have noticed that you have a distinct lack of moisture in your eyes it is recommended that you take steps to avoid the use of hair driers, use glasses to deflect wind from the eye region, avoid extremely warm rooms and of course, avoid smoke. Other preventative measures include wearing glasses rather than contact lenses, using a man-made tear ointment at night before going to bed, and using humidifiers in rooms that have been heated.
From Dry To Damp
When Dry Eye Syndrome cannot be prevented, your dry eye care should include treating the eyes with formulated eye drops. Many brands of effective eye drops can be bought over the counter and do not require a doctor’s prescription. In essence, these drops work as fake tears. Currently, a great deal of scientific research is being undertaken to develop more advanced medications for the treatment of this eye condition.
In more serious cases the eye’s cornea becomes irritated. In some of these situations, the use of anti-inflammatory agents is encouraged to combat the condition. An effective dry eye care remedy for short-term usage only includes topical steroids as an ingredient in eye drops. However, it is not recommended that these compounds be used over an extended time frame because of the known side effects.
As part of the modern treatment, regime researchers are trying to find out ways of restricting the extent of the eye swelling, instead of just oiling the eye’s surface. They have developed several methods to reduce the dry eye condition, including one method where the doctor attempts to close the channels from the eye to the nose. Another method involves using very small plugs to control the speed and volume of the flow of tears as they drain from the eyes.
So if you think that you may suffer from this syndrome and need dry eye care please consult your doctor for advice on preventative measures as well as an effective treatment for your condition.
AussieSpecs is a specialist eye care clinic, offering dry eye therapy and other services in Coffs Harbour. We are a fully accredited practice with all of the accreditations required by the government to ensure your privacy and safety. We are a local company offering quality dry eye treatment using the latest technology.
AussieSpecs have been treating dry eyes in Australia since 2021, providing the most advanced treatment available for dry eye syndrome. Our experienced optometrists will provide you with the most comprehensive treatment available to help restore your lashes and eyelids to their natural shape and function again.
At AussieSpecs we use advanced technology to treat your dry eyes. Our digital microscope allows us to assess the thickness of your lashes and eyelids, allowing us to tailor treatment to suit your individual needs. This allows us to prescribe the best course of action for your condition, which is important as not all treatments work for everyone.