Dry Eye FAQ From Our Ardmore Optometrist
Here at Ardmore Premier Eyecare, we answer a lot of questions about dry eye. If you are looking for answers to specific questions about your eyes, feel free to make an appointment to speak to our optometrist.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a blanket term for conditions that affect the tear film of the eyes. Normal, healthy tears are made up of three different components–a watery component, an oily component, and a mucus component. If you are lacking any of the following, you may experience the symptoms of dry eye:
- A sensation of ‘grit’ or sand in the eyes
- Tired eyes
- Discomfort when wearing contact lenses
- Excessive watery tears
That last one may surprise a lot of people, but for those who have a deficiency in the mucus or oily components of tears, you may experience watery eyes. This occurs when your body is trying to compensate for the missing tear components with excessive watery tears.
What are the Causes of Dry Eye?
People may experience dry eyes for a number of reasons:
- Excessive computer use
- Certain medications
Certain aspects may be able to be remedied, such as taking a break from computer use on a regular basis or wearing glasses to protect your eyes from dry air flow. However, other causes cannot be changed.
How is Dry Eye Diagnosed?
In order to diagnose dry eye, an optometry professional may perform a tear production test using a test strip to see if you are producing enough tears. Symptoms and response to treatments are used to make a diagnosis in many cases. However, because of the complex nature of proper tears, simply having enough may not be adequate.
Can I Wear Contacts with Dry Eyes?
For most people, the answer is yes. There are specialized contact lenses available now for people who have dry eyes, and if you have not tried other brands and types, some people get relief by simply switching to contacts with a different water content or formula. Ask our optometrist about the proper contacts for your eyes.