The eye’s inability to produce tears and lubricate itself is a condition that affects millions of people every day. The causes of Dry Eye Syndrome include aging, environmental irritants, lifestyle, injuries or pre-existing medical conditions. Treating dryness is not only important for your comfort, but also for your eye’s health. Besides lubricating the eye, the tear film helps fight infection, provides nourishment, and creates a smooth surface on the cornea, keeping your vision clear.
Common causes of Dry Eye include:
• Sun and wind exposure
• Cold or dry air
• Indoor heating and air conditioning
• Prolonged computer screen viewing
• High altitudes
• Eye surgery
• Hormonal fluctuations
Many medications can contribute to Dry Eye, including:
• Antihistamines and decongestants
• Blood pressure medication
• Anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications
Additionally many pre-existing conditions or diseases also effect the eye’s ability to lubricate, for example:
• Thyroid deficiencies
• Sjogren’s Syndrome
• Rheumatioid Arthritis
• Autoimmune disorders
• Bell’s Palsy
While severity of conditions vary from mild, moderate to extreme, the common symptoms include:
Though some people suffer from all of the above symptoms, many experience only a few. If you experience any of these symptoms, ask your doctor about Dry Eye. Once a diagnosis is reached, your doctor will advise you on the proper treatment. There is currently no cure for Dry Eye Syndrome, but there are a variety of treatments that address the symptoms.
Depending on your condition, your doctor may prescribe one or more of the following treatments:
• Artificial teardrops
• Nutritional supplements’
• Prescription drops
• Tranquileyes with thermoeyes
• Temporarily or permanently plugging the tear ducts
• Low dose doxycycline therapy regimen
• Lid Cleanser
Tranquileyes Moist-Heat Therapy soothes dry eyes.
The soft, flexible foam padded tranquileyes goggle comfortably seals and shelters the eyes from drafts while creating complete darkness. Heat, created by reusable gel packs (thermoeyes) are combined with warm water and tucked into the goggle, providing12-25 minute hot compresses. The extended heat stimulates and loosens critical oils in the meibomian glands required to slow the evaporation of natural tears. The warm moisture also creates a high humidity environment to help stabilize the tear film while moisturizing the delicate skin surrounding the eyes.
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