Dry eye is a common condition that occurs when the eyes are insufficiently moisturized, leading to itching, redness and pain from dry spots on the surface of the eye. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the lacrimal glands don’t produce enough tears, or because of an imbalance in the tear chemistry.
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Patients with this condition often experience irritating symptoms and which may result in more serious damage to the vision if the condition is left untreated.
It is important for patients with this condition to take special care of their eyes in order to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications. Dr. Van Norman can diagnose dry eye after a thorough evaluation of your eyes and tear production with a Schirmer tear test.
COMMON Symptoms of Dry Eye
Treatment for dry eye depends on the cause and severity of the condition, as well as the patient’s overall health and personal preference.
Non-surgical treatments are often effective, and may include the following:
- Blinking on purpose
- Increasing humidity levels at home or work
- Use artificial tears or a moisturizing ointment
- Stop smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke
- Avoiding air conditioning or windy conditions outdoors
- Stop the use of allergy and cold medicines
- Adding omega-3 fatty acids to the diet as food or supplements
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