Dry eyes occur when your tears are not able to provide adequate moisture and resist inflammatory mediators that can irritate r your eyes. Tears can be inadequate for many reasons. The normal tear provides protection against eye infections and serves as an important refractive index medium to allow sharp quality of vision thorough out the day.
Dry eyes can feel very uncomfortable. If you have dry eyes, your eyes may sting or burn badly. You may experience dry eyes in certain situations, such as on an airplane, in front of an air-conditioning, while riding a bike, or after looking at a computer screen for a few hours.
There are several treatments can include Restasis eye drops, silicone punctual plugs, dietary changes with and other anti-inflammatory ophthalmic drops. For more-serious cases, laser surgery and lacrimal tear plumbing surgery can be explored with an eye physician.
Signs and symptoms, which usually affect both eyes, may include:
- A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes
- Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
- Increased eye irritation from smoke or wind
- Eye strain and eye fatigue
- Sensitivity to light
- Eye redness with accompany eye pain
- A sensation of having something in your eyes Foreign Body Sensation
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses comfortably
- Periods of excessive tearing
- Blurred vision, often worsening at the end of the day or after focusing for a prolonged period