Dry Eyes - Why Seek Treatment??
For many people with dry eyes, it is an annoyance that can get in the way of everyday actives such as reading a book, using a computer, or simply enjoying a day out. Eye drops or artificial tears can be used as an immediate and temporary remedy, but putting off long-term treatment can do more harm than good. Recognising the symptoms of dry eyes is one step closer to improving your condition not just of the sake of comfort, but for your overall health.
How does one know when to seek treatment?
Dry Eyes commonly appear among people over the age of 50, women who have undergone hormonal changes (e.g. pregnancy or menopause) and environmental factors such as living in dry climates, staring at a computer screen for long periods of time and wearing contact lenses.
Symptoms include but are not limited to, redness, fatigue, irritated or watery eyes.
Wondering if your own symptoms could be a result of dry eyes? Get in touch directly with the Cork Eye Clinic to get a full dry eye assessment.
Whoever said that tears are a sign of weakness completely underestimated the importance of tears to our health. The components that make up tears (water, mucous and lipid) help protect our eyes from infection. Without tears, the risk of infection increases. With dry eye comes a lot of discomfort, but if inflammation occurs, pain could be the least of your worries. If left untreated for a long time, you could scar and damage your cornea, and even suffer some vision loss as a result. Don’t take a chance and contact our dedicated Dry Eye Clinic to see if you could be at risk of infection or damage to your eyes.
Of course, there are ways you can prevent or relieve your dry eyes on your own, such as wearing sunglasses outdoors, avoiding dry environments, or giving your eyes time to rest when looking at a screen for a prolonged period. These are great habits to build into your daily life.
Don’t write off your symptoms as something you can deal with simply – If in doubt it is better to have a full dry eye assessment so that we can tailor a treatment plan specifically for you.