Dry Eye Disease: How The World Can Sabotage Your Comfort And Vision

Dry Eye Disease is a problem sweeping the world’s population.  The discomfort suffered, damage caused and visual symptoms caused by it largely go undiagnosed and untreated.  

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you may benefit from treatment at OPMT:

  • Dryness
  • Discomfort
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Excessive watering
  • Discharge
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Fluctuations in vision
  • Needing to blink in order to clear things up
  • Light sensitivity

Circumstances that make dry eye worse:

  • Activities: Extended Computer use whether on the job or at home, using a smartphone throughout your day, driving, watching movies and television are all activities that can irritate dry eyes.
  • Environmental factors: Wind, dust, smoke and dry conditions can make symptoms worse. Indoor locations such as airplanes, cars and office buildings can become problematic.  Environments with low humidity and/or high wind (air conditioners/heat) may increase symptoms.
  • Medications*: Many common medications used to treat systemic problems have the unfortunate side effect of ocular dryness. It is a rarely mentioned side effect of drugs that are prescribed for many reasons.  The resultant dryness can significantly impact the quality of life of those afflicted.

*Do not discontinue any prescription medications without contacting your doctor.

A common factor in most cases of dry eye is inflammation! Whether the dry eye is initially caused by inflammation, or the inflammation is caused by the dry eye… they can form a very uncomfortable cycle! A key component in most dry eye treatments is the management of this inflammation.

At OPMT, we take a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and managing this horrid disease. Come in today or schedule online here for an evaluation and take the first steps towards improving your life!