Dry eye disease, or dry eye syndrome, is a common condition that occurs when a person's tears don't adequately moisturise the eyes. Inadequate or unstable tears can occur if a person doesn't produce enough tears or the tears they produce are 'poor-quality'. As a result, a person can develop dry eyes and accompanying symptoms, such as eye strain, eye fatigue and irritation.
Dry eyes affect many people of all ages, but that doesn't mean they need to suffer from discomfort. At Envision Optical, we are here to help our patients relieve dry eyes so they can enjoy a lifetime of healthy eyes and healthy vision.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
Dry eyes can be very uncomfortable and affect a person's ability to work, study or enjoy their daily activities.
Many different things can cause dry eyes:
- Tear film dysfunction. Tears are important for healthy, comfortable eyes, and part of that is our tear film. The tear film has three layers of fatty oils, mucus and aqueous fluid to keep the eye's surface smooth, clear and moisturised.
- Inadequate tear production. If there aren't enough tears or tears evaporate too quickly, you can develop dry eyes.
- Medical conditions. People with certain medical conditions––such as Sjogren's syndrome, lupus and thyroid disorders––can have dry eyes.
- Medications. Dry eyes are a common side effect of medications like antihistamines, decongestants and antidepressants.
- Eye damage. Nerve sensitivity or damage to the eye can cause dry eyes.
- Natural aging. The natural aging process can lead to dry eyes, especially during menopause.
Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eyes
If you have any of the symptoms of dry eyes, we can assist you at Envision Optical's Tweed Heads and Burleigh Waters eye clinics:
- Burning, stinging or scratchy eyes
- Mucus around the eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Red eyes
- Difficulty with nighttime driving
- Eye fatigue
- Blurred vision
Dry Eye Treatment at Gold Coast Eye Clinics
Dry eyes can disrupt our lives and cause chronic irritation and discomfort. Envision Optical offers various treatments for dry eyes at our eye clinics in Tweed Heads and Burleigh Waters.
Common dry eye treatments are:
- Eyedrops or artificial tears
- Prescription medications
- Lifestyle changes (e.g., avoid smoking, limit screen time)
- Tear duct plugs
Whatever your needs may be, Andrew Bowden is a skilled and experienced optometrist who can help you. We invite you to contact us to arrange your eye exam.
We look forward to seeing you soon!