Got Dry Eye? The spring months can be especially difficult.
For those who are active, dry eyes can be especially troubling in the spring due to excessive exposure to sunlight without the proper eye protection. Continued exposure to sunlight can cause more difficulty with vision because the tear film can evaporate more quickly.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology environmental factors play into dry eye. Researchers reviewed 3.4 million visits to Veterans Affairs eye clinics nationwide over a five-year period between 2006 and 2011. During that time, doctors diagnosed nearly 607,000 patients with dry eye. Researchers also compared the monthly prevalence of dry eye against an allergy index and found some correlations:
-Both pollen count and dry eye cases reached a yearly peak in April, when nearly 21 percent of patients seen were diagnosed with dry eye.
-Overall seasonal spikes occurred each spring, when 18.5 percent of patients were diagnosed with dry eye, with another spike in winter, most likely due to low humidity caused by indoor heating. The prevalence of dry eye was lowest in summer at 15.3 percent.
The changing seasons can be tough on the eyes. Be aware of how changing conditions affect your eyes. Take steps to protect your eyes from weather, add moisture to your indoor environment, and avoid contact with allergens if they affect you. Above all, see your doctor if you can’t find relief from dry eyes.
If you think you may have Dry Eye Disease or any other eye disease and would like a full comprehensive eye exam call Griffin Eye Center at 843-449-6414 or toll free 888-570-5789. Our Ophthalmologists, Neil Griffin, M.D., Reuben Tipton, M.D., and doctor Shawn D. Thomas are committed to providing world class technology and the most advanced vision diagnostics and surgical technologies. For more information visit GRIFFINEYECENTER.COM.