Dry Eye Syndrome is very common problem affecting about 70 percent of people in different degrees.
Symptoms are: red eyes, burning, itching, pain in and around the eyes, excess tearing, foreign body sensation, sandy or gritty feeling, pain under eyelids, sharp pain, stinging, eyelids stuck together in the morning, tired eyes, sore eyes, and very commonly BLURRED VISION…
Causes are genetic, environmental, lifestyle-related, weather-related, post-surgeries,
and age –related (45 yrs and above), eyelid aging/inflammation/ blepharitis/ MGD.
Women are more affected than men.
V. IMP aggravators are Contact lenses, Computers, tablets, ipads, smart phones, Air conditioners, Pollutions, Skin and acne medications ( Rho Accutane/Retin A etc), Anti Allergic Medications, etc..,.
Surgeries like Laser/Lasik/ Crosslinking/ Cataract/ Corneal transplantation cause dry eyes also, but the symptoms usually improve gradually after few weeks/months in almost all people.
There are many ways to treat dry eyes, including artificial tears, mild anti-inflamatory/ steroid drops, Restasis Drops, Omega 3 Vitamins, Punctal plugs, and very importantly drinking a LOT.
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