When your eyes do not produce sufficient tears to keep your eyes well lubricated, this is a condition known as dry eye syndrome. It does not pose a longterm danger to your eyes or your vision, but it can cause a temporarily negative impact. If the composition of your tears is off, this can also cause Seattle dry eyes, regardless of the quantity of tears you have.
Among the symptoms that are associated with this condition are a feeling of stinging or burning in your eyes, red eyes, sensitivity to light, tired eyes, and blurry vision, particularly if you read a lot or spend a great deal of time in front of a computer or mobile device. It's also possible that your contact lenses will feel uncomfortable when you have Seattle dry eyes. Furthermore, exposure to wind or smoke can contribute to the problem. Dr. Cowen will do a series of tests, including one to measure the volume of your tears and another to gauge the quality of them. Both are simple, non-invasive tests, but very effective in the determination of a diagnosis. The most common way to treat Seattle dry eyes is with artificial tears. They are available off the shelf at any drug store, and a prescription strength version is available form Dr. Cowen if required. It's also wise to make certain lifestyle adjustments to improve your condition. These include avoiding cigaret smoke, both yours and that of others; and also wind and air-conditioning. It's a good idea to get a humidifier for your home in order to add moisture to the air. Surgery is typically not required, but if other methods prove to be insufficient to provide the desired results, it may have to be considered.
Seattle dry eyes syndrome can be uncomfortable and frustrating. Fortunately, we have solutions for you. Call us today and schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.
By Dr. Sheldon J. Cowen
December 13, 2016