Dry eyes may seem like a minor eye condition, yet it can cause serious effects to the eye when not treated properly. The eyes normally provide constant lubrication and moisture through the flow of tears to maintain proper vision and comfort. Tears are made of water, oils, mucus, antibodies, and special proteins that serve different purposes. However, when there is an imbalance in the tear system of the eye, the person may experience dry eyes.
Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eyes
When there are not enough tears to lubricate the eye, the individual may experience:
- A gritty feeling in the eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurring of vision
- A feeling that there is sand or a foreign body in the eye
Causes of Dry Eyes
Dry eyes can be caused by several things, which include:
- Aging. Naturally, this contributes to the drying of the eyes which especially happens during menopause.
- Side effects of a certain drug, which could be birth control pills or antihistamines.
- Certain diseases that affect the eyes’ ability to produce tears, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, and collagen vascular diseases
- Problems with the structure of the eyelids that prevent them from closing properly
Alleviate the discomfort caused by dry eyes today! This condition can certainly be treated. Call us today at 701-235-5200 to book an appointment with Dr. Thom and receive treatment for your dry eyes. We look forward to hearing from you!