Did you know that an estimated 30% of Canadians suffer from dry eye symptoms? At Easy Blink Optometry, under the expert guidance of Dr. Sabih Chaudhary, we are committed to helping our Calgary community manage this common, yet often misunderstood condition. So let's delve into dry eye syndrome – its causes, symptoms, and treatments.
What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome, or simply "dry eye," is a condition where the eye does not produce enough quality tears to nourish and lubricate the eye's surface. This imbalance can lead to inflammation and damage to the eye's surface, affecting your vision and comfort.
Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye can be caused by a variety of factors. Age is a major contributor, with most people over the age of 65 experiencing some symptoms of dry eye. It can also be a result of staring at computer screens or other digital devices for prolonged periods without blinking.
Some medical conditions, like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid disorders, can also increase your risk of developing dry eye. Environmental factors, such as exposure to smoke, wind, or dry climates, can contribute too.
Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome
Symptoms can range from mild to severe, including:
- A stinging, burning, or scratchy sensation in your eyes
- Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Eye redness
- A sensation of having something in your eyes
- Difficulty with nighttime driving
- Watery eyes
- Blurred vision or eye fatigue
Treating Dry Eye Syndrome at Easy Blink Optometry
The good news is, dry eye syndrome can be managed effectively under expert eye care. At Easy Blink Optometry, Dr. Sabih Chaudhary tailors dry eye treatments based on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying causes.
Treatments can range from simple lifestyle changes, like taking breaks from screen time and maintaining a healthy diet, to medicated eye drops or tear duct plugs. In some cases, our vision therapy services can also help manage symptoms of dry eye by improving the overall function of your visual system.
Don't let dry eye syndrome interfere with your daily life. Reach out to Easy Blink Optometry in Calgary, Alberta, and let us help you find relief. Under the guidance of Dr. Sabih Chaudhary, we'll help you manage your dry eye symptoms and improve your overall eye health.
Contact us today to schedule your comprehensive eye examination and begin your journey to healthier, more comfortable eyes.