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Dry Eyes are More Than Just a Nuisance. Ask Your Optometrist

June 21, 2021

Many of us associate tears with experiencing sadness or joy. But, in fact, our tears are an essential part of the health of our eyes and the clarity of our vision, providing lubrication and nourishment, guarding against infection, and cleansing the eye of dirt, dust and other foreign invaders. A lack of tears — a condition known as dry eye — puts you at risk for a number of chronic problems.

If you have been experiencing symptoms like watery eyes, blurry vision, a scratchy or burning feeling in your eyes, redness or sensitivity to light, it’s time to schedule a visit to the doctors of optometry at the offices of Optical Outlets. Our optometrists are trained and equipped to perform comprehensive testing and evaluation for a condition like dry eye, which affects the surface of the eye known as the cornea. Promptly addressing dry eyes can help you preserve your vision well into the future.

There are many factors that can lead to developing dry eye, especially age, with most people age 65 and older experiencing some symptoms.  Medications including antihistamines, decongestants, blood pressure drugs and antidepressants are all known to reduce the production of tears. People with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, and diabetes are at a higher risk, too. Spending too much time staring at a computer, or in windy, dry climates can also trigger this condition. Women are more at risk because of pregnancy and hormonal changes.

The doctors of optometry at the offices of Optical Outlets have a variety of treatment options to help ensure that your eyes are producing the necessary volume and quality of tears. There are few things more precious than your vision. Don't let this common but troublesome condition develop into something more serious. Contact our office today to schedule a comprehensive examination.