Dry eye occurs when your tears aren’t providing adequate moisture for your eyes. Many factors may contribute to one’s likelihood to develop dry eye like environmental factors, humidity, seasonal allergens, air conditioning, aging and certain prescription medications. With each blink of the eyelids, tears spread across the front surface of the eye, known as the cornea. Tears provide lubrication, reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter in the eye, and keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear. Excess tears in the eyes flow into small drainage ducts in the inner corners of the eyelids, which drain into the back of the nose. Dry eyes can occur when tear production and drainage is not in balance.
Dry Eye Symptoms
• watery eyes
• light sensitivity
• poor night vision
• gritty, sandy feeling
Hart Eye Center first diagnoses with TearLab®, a device that painlessly measures your tear osmolarity and determines if you suffer from dry eyes. Once diagnosed, we can plan your best treatment options to give you relief. To read more, click here.
If you think you may have dry eye syndrome, call 337-439-4014 to schedule an eye exam.