Do You Suffer from Dry Eye?
Dry eye syndrome is a recognized disorder that causes eye discomfort, reduction in visual acuity and, if left untreated, damage to your eyes. Over the past few decades, we have seen a sharp increase in the number of patients here at 20/20 Image Eye Centers who suffer from dry eye. We know having dry eyes can impact the quality of your life, and we are eager to help you resolve this problem and restore your eyes to good health.
Much of the increase in dry eye can be attributed to the growing use of computers, smart phones and tablets. Staring at a screen – especially a smaller one – causes a reduction of the normal rate of blinking by 60%. This results in a significant reduction of natural lubrication for the eye.
Along with the surface of the eye being dry, reduced blinking can cause blockage of the meibomium glands in the eyelids, which release an important oily layer found in natural tears. Without treatment, these glands may cease to function altogether.
An Important Assessment for the Health of Your Eyes
If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome:
- Do your eyes feel sensitive to light?
- Do your eyes feel itchy?
- Do your eyes often feel gritty?
- Do your eyes sometimes feel painful or sore?
- Have you experienced blurred vision?
- Have your eyes affected you when reading?
- Have your eyes felt heavy or burning while driving at night?
- Have your eyes felt tired or blurry when using a computer or smart phone screen?
- Have your eyes been affected while watching TV?
- Have your eyes felt uncomfortable in windy conditions?
- Have your eyes felt uncomfortable in low humidity?
- Have eyes felt uncomfortable in rooms that are air conditioned?
When you visit the 20/20 Image Eye Center nearest you, an experienced eye doctor will assess your blinking, examine your meibomium gland for blockage, and recommend a treatment regimen to counter the effects of dry eye. This may include an analysis of the composition of your tears and the tear-producing structures in the eyes.
It is important that you schedule a dry eye assessment as soon as you experience any of these symptoms in order to prevent additional damage to your eyes , which can impact your vision.
Call to Schedule a Dry Eye Assessment with an Optometrist
For your convenience, we have 20/20 Image Eye Centers offices in Chandler, Fountain Hills, Glendale, Scottsdale and Tempe. Start your eye health journey with us by calling to schedule a consultation and eye exam.