Understanding the Cause of Your Dry Eye

According to the National Eye Institute, nearly five million Americans 50 years of age and older are estimated to have dry eye. Of these, more than three million are women and more than one and a half million are men. Dry eye is more common after menopause.

What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye disease occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or produce poor quality tears. That’s why it’s essential you get your tears analyzed by your eye doctor. Only an eye doctor can properly diagnose your problem and treat it appropriately. The most common form of dry eyes occurs when the water layer of tears is inadequate. This condition, called keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is also referred to as dry eye syndrome.

People with Dry Eye will experience irritated, gritty, scratchy or burning eyes, foreign body sensation, sensitivity to light and/or blurred vision. Advanced dry eye may damage the front surface of the eye.

Some of the Common Causes of Dry Eye:
 Insufficient Aqueous Component
 Poor Tear Film Quality
 Faulty Blink Mechanism
 Eye lid abnormalities (eyelids that turn in or out)
 Irregular Corneal Surfaces
 Gender- Females due to Hormonal Changes.
 Age-The majority of people over age 65 experience some symptoms of dry eyes.
 Medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome (SJS), thyroid disorders, diabetes and vitamin A deficiency.

Dry eyes can be painful and distracting, but they are treatable. Understanding the cause of your Dry Eye will enable you to get the proper treatment and start enjoying your vision. At Griffin Eye Center we now have several Dry Eye tests available such as Ocular Allergy Testing and TearLab Osmolarity System.

If you’re one of the nearly five million Americans with dry eye and would like more information on dry eye visit www.griffineyecenter.com or 888-570-5789.