Tears help to moisten and lubricate the eyes which aids in proper vision and comfort. Tears are a combination of water, oils, mucus, antibodies and certain types of special proteins. When the proper production of tears is hampered an individual could experience dry eyes. Dry eyes could be a result of the natural aging processes, certain diseases and medications or if there are any problems with the eye or eyelids.
HOW IS DRY EYES DIAGNOSED?
Ophthalmologists diagnose dry eyes through a detailed questionnaire about your symptoms. They may also check your medical history for determining of any specific disease is causing dry eyes.
HOW IS DRY EYES TREATED?
If dry eyes are caused by any disease, then treating the disease ought to address dry eyes. Other treatment methods are:
• Artificial tear drops or ointments
• Temporary punctal occlusion
• Lipiflow for activating blocked glands
• Other medications and nutritional changes
DID YOU KNOW?
If not treated properly, dry eyes can lead to inflammation of the cornea which is a potential vision threat.