Dry eye is a condition that keeps the eyes from making enough natural tears. That means the patient can’t create a healthy tear film.
There are several other symptoms that accompany dry eye, too:
Dry eye doesn't tend to go away unless it's treated, so if patients have dry eye symptoms, it's important for them to arrange an appointment at Cataract & Vision Center of Hawaii as soon as possible.
People who exclusively wear contact lenses are more susceptible to dry eye. Older adults tend to be more likely to develop this condition, as well, along with patients who have pre-existing eye diseases. Some medications may cause or contribute to dry eye. Also, environmental factors, like a high pollen count, may contribute to dry eye.
The doctors at Cataract & Vision Center of Hawaii can perform tests to gauge the amount of tear film that the patient is making. These tests also determine whether the components of the tear film are in proper balance.
The tear film is made of three things: a water layer, a mucus layer, and an oil layer. An imbalance among any of those layers can cause serious problems. When the doctor combines the information from the exam with the patient’s medical history, they’ll be able to make an accurate diagnosis.
Yes, there are plenty of treatments available for dry eye today:
The doctors at Cataract & Vision Center of Hawaii may also recommend taking an omega-3 fatty acid nutritional supplement. Although it's not common, there are some cases of dry eye where the best solution is a surgical procedure to close or block the tear ducts, which prevents tears from draining away too quickly.
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