Solving the Problem of Dry Eye   

Solving the Problem of Dry Eye

Dry eye feels dry, gritty and sore, but not painful. Despite the name, the irritation caused by dry eye may trigger excessive tears. It may be caused by aging, eye allergies, diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis that disrupt the normal production of tears and even some types of medicines.

Open air, wind and sunlight may worsen dry eye. Dry eye may also redden the eyes, but it requires different treatment from the condition known as 'red eye'.

Dry eye symptoms should be treated because if the eye is not properly lubricated, foreign material not washed away from the eye may lead to eye damage, infection and ulceration.

You can help prevent dry eye by:
1. Protecting your eyes from sun and wind by wearing sunglasses;

2. Avoiding irritants such as smoke, dust, cosmetics and chlorine; and

3. using artificial tears or lubricant regularly (you should always wash your hands before instilling eye drops or applying eye ointment).

Doctor said that older artificial tears have a relatively short contact time with the cornea and after a drop is placed in the eye, it's gone in just a few minutes. Remember, it's best to consult your doctor if your dry eye does not improve despite regular treatment for more than 7 days.

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