What Causes Dry Eye Disease And Can Dry Eyes Cause Blindness:
- Age (prevalent in >50 years)
- Gender (common amongst women and during menopause or hormonal changes)
- Some medical conditions such as Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorders, and vitamin A deficiency
- Reduced blinking due to computer or video screen usage
- Some medications, such as antihistamines, nasal decongestants, blood pressure medications, Parkinson’s disease medications, birth control pills, and antidepressants, may lead to dry eye disease
- Skin disease around or on the eyelids
- Meibomian gland dysfunction
What Symptoms Should You Look For?
Dry eye disease ranks high among the annual incidences of ocular disorders in the US adult population. Here are five common symptoms:
- A burning, stinging, or feeling of pressure in the eyes
- A scratchy sensation (foreign body sensation)
- Intermittent blurry vision
- Eye Fatigue
Dry Eyes Cause Blindness: The Latest Treatment for Dry Eye Disease
The tear film is important in protecting the ocular surface and maintaining clear vision. Dry eye disease can lead to a vicious cycle when the tear film is disrupted.
If your eye care professional believes based on your examination that you are suffering from risk factors for dry eye disease, we may recommend a prescription medication called Tyrvaya. Tyrvaya is a prescription nasal spray indicated for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease. It is the first and only nasal spray for dry eye disease designed to activate natural tear film production in 4 weeks.
Tyrvaya is administered once in each nostril twice daily (approximately 12 hours apart). Our patients are seeing an increase in natural tear production between 5 minutes after administration and 12 weeks of use. We recommend Tyrvaya because it avoids applying medication to an already irritated ocular surface and allows patients to keep contact in during administration.