July: Dry Eye Awareness Month

Dry Eye Misconceptions

Many people are under the misconception that Dry Eye is when your eyes are just too dry, when in reality it can be a serious condition with a wide variety of symptoms (including frequent tears). The month of July is Dry Eye awareness month, so we hope to educate on the real symptoms and conditions of Dry Eye.  “Dry Eye” is really part of what is more known as Ocular Surface Disease (OSD). OSD can come in many varieties – dehydration, evaporation, autoimmune, and/or allergy.

Symptoms

As mentioned above, Dry Eye is not only when your eyes feel dry. You may have Dry Eye if you are also experiencing a following symptom:

  • Stinging or burning
  • Feeling as if something is inside the eye
  • Sandy or gritty feeling in the eye
  • Heavy eyelids
  • A stringy discharge
  • Pain and redness
  • Inability to cry tears when sad
  • Tearing frequently
  • A decrease in tolerance for activities that involve prolonged visual attention

Treatment

There are different types of Dry Eye, and each can be treated differently. Some Dry Eye is a symptom of an underlying disease, in which case the disease and Dry Eye should be treated synonymously to cure the eye.  Sometimes dry eye is a side effect from a medication or contact lenses. If this is the case, your doctor may suggest you switch medications or lenses to avoid the dry eye effect.

If your symptoms of dry eye are still persisting, there is a common procedure that treats Dry Eye called Lipiflow. It is a healing procedure where a device that produces heat and mild lid pressure is applied to the patient’s eyelids (most patients state it feels like an eyelid massage), so that the blocked tears will be able to break through again. Another way to relieve your uncomfortable Dry Eye is to participate in a clinical trial. At Jacksoneye, we have clinical trials for Dry Eye that could give you the relief you need. For more on types of Dry Eye and treatments, visit Jacksoneye.

If you believe you might have Dry Eye, it is important you consult with an eye care professional like Jacksoneye to get assistance right away and avoid permanent damage. To begin treatment early, contact us today to schedule your free screening or participate in our clinical trial.