Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry-EyeDry Eye is a common medical condition affecting both eye health and quality of vision. Dryness occurs when there is an imbalance or lack of lubricating tears or protective lipid oils on the surface of the eye, also known as the tear film.

Dryness can impact eye comfort and vision throughout the day with blurry vision, the appearance of red eyes, irritation and pain, including discomfort and intolerance of contact lenses.

If you think you dry eyes? Give us a call, ABC Vision Physicians are trained to diagnose and care for patients who suffer from dry eye syndrome. ABC Vision provides specialty services including comprehensive diagnostics as well as treatment options.

Signs and Symptoms

Typical symptoms are dryness, burning and a sandy-gritty eye irritation that gets worse as the day goes on. Symptoms may also be described as itchy, scratchy, stingy or tired eyes.

Other symptoms are a pain, redness, a pulling sensation, and pressure behind the eye.
There may be a feeling that something, such as a speck of dirt, is in the eye.  The resultant damage to the eye surface increases discomfort and sensitivity to bright light.  Both eyes usually are affected.

There may also be a stringy discharge from the eyes. Although it may seem strange, dry eye can cause the eyes to water, this can happen because the eyes are irritated. One may experience excessive tearing in the same way as one would if something got into the eye. If you get reflex tears they will not necessarily make the eyes feel better, because reflex tears do not have the lubricating qualities necessary to prevent dry eye.

Because blinking coats the eye with tears, symptoms can worsen by activities in which the rate of blinking is reduced due to prolonged use of the eyes. These activities include prolonged reading, computer usage, driving, or watching television.

Symptoms increase in windy, dusty or smoky (including cigarette smoke) areas, in dry environments high altitudes including airplanes, on days with low humidity, and in areas where an air conditioner (especially in a car), fan, heater, or even a hairdryer is being used.
Symptoms reduce during cool, rainy, or foggy weather and in humid places, such as in the shower.

Most people who have dry eyes experience mild irritation with no long-term effects. However, if the condition is left untreated or becomes severe, it can produce complications that can cause eye damage, resulting in impaired vision or (rarely) in the loss of vision.

Dry eye consolation and evaluation

Medical insurance covers dry eye consolation.  So even if you do not have vision insurance but have medical insurance these examinations are covered if you have met your deductible. If you have these symptoms above please make your appointment today, we can help.