Dry eye syndrome is quite common, and sore eyes, blurry eyesight, irritated eyes, eye fatigue and light sensitivity are all symptoms you may experience if you have dry eyes. Difficulty keeping your eyes open and pain when opening your eyelids in the morning are also symptoms of dry eyes, although these will vary from one person to another, and some of these symptoms may occur regularly while others may occur intermittently.

Dry eye syndrome will affect the surface of the eye and is an indication that the amount and quality of your tears are out of balance. Muscles, nerves, glands, tear ducts and connective tissue are some of the many parts at the surface of your eyes, and all of these factors must work together to keep your eyes moist. The risk of developing this disease will increase with age, although dry eye syndrome is becoming increasingly common in younger people who rely heavily on their devices like their smartphones and laptops. Dry eye syndrome will affect your daily activities, and you will have trouble reading, driving and watching television.

The right amount of tears and their quality help keep the eyes nourished and lubricated. Tears are necessary because they help wash away unwanted elements from the eyes. This type of natural lubrication will reduce friction from blinking. Tears will also help keep the surface of your eye clear while helping fight germs and other things that can cause an eye infection, so tears are a must for the health of your eyes.

The good news is that there are a number of treatments for dry eye syndrome, and the following are the most common:

Artificial Tears

This is the most common medication for dry eyes because it helps lubricate the eyes and helps treat irritation, dryness and inflammation. Artificial tears are effective and will relieve some of the common symptoms of dry eye syndrome, although it should not be viewed as a long-term solution because it cannot treat the underlying cause of dry eyes. If you are interested in this treatment, preservative-free drops are recommended.

Prescription Eye Drops

These contain immune-suppressing medication or corticosteroids, which can help relieve inflammation in the cornea. It can take some time for you to notice the effects of this treatment, and unlike artificial tears, this kind of medication will require a prescription, so you will have to see a doctor.

Eye ointments

This will provide your eyes with relief, and you will experience its soothing effect. Eye ointments generally contain Vitamin A and are very effective for people who have sore eyes whenever they wake up.

If you are experiencing dry eye syndrome or are concerned about the health of your eyes, Dr. Damanjit Johal Optometry (Vision Care Centre Langley) can help! We will take care of all of your eye care needs, so if you are looking for a reputable eye doctor, give our office a call today!