DRY EYE TREATMENT
You may be surprised to know that Dry Eye is a disease estimated to affect more than 500,000 Canadians. It occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or when your tears do not have the right chemical composition.
Clear vision and overall eye health rely on a film of tears over the eyes. This tear film consists of three main layers that work together to keep your eyes both comfortable and protected. If anything affects the balance of these layers, your tears can evaporate, leaving eyes feeling dry and irritated.
One of the most common symptoms of Dry Eye Disease is the feeling of dryness, but sufferers may also experience sensations of grittiness, scratchiness, burning, or stinging eyes.
Not everyone will experience the same symptoms, but most people with dry eye will agree that persistent symptoms can make everyday activities difficult, and can interrupt hobbies and activities you enjoy.
The causes of dry eye disease are almost endless. They include:
Medications – antidepressants, antihypertensives, antihistamines, nasal decongestants, Parkinson’s drugs
Hormones – low levels of androgens, high levels of estrogen
Medical conditions – seasonal allergies, Sjögren’s syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis
Environmental conditions – poor air quality drying winds, low humidity, air conditioning, air travel
Occupational factors – infrequent blinking from staring at computers or TV screens
Eye conditions, injuries and vision correction – LASIK surgery, long-term contact lens wear, meibomian gland dysfunction, blepharitis, chemical or thermal burns to the eye
Unfortunately, there is no cure for dry eye disease. But a comprehensive or well-rounded management plan made up of three simple tools: lubricating tears, eyelid hygiene and proper nutrition can help relieve symptoms.
The Systane® Family of Products includes options that work with your natural tears to soothe, rehydrate, and protect your eyes, for relief that lasts so that you can fully enjoy and keep up with your hobbies, work and other activities. Click here to Learn more about the different types of Dry Eye Disease.
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