Do your eyes feel itchy or irritated on a regular basis? Do you have blurred vision or red eyes? You may be suffering from Ocular Surface Disease. Ocular Surface Disease, also known as dry eye, can occur from certain medications, naturally by aging, or as a symptom arising from systemic diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, or Lupus. If you have a minor case of dry eye, you may be experiencing irritation, excessive tearing, fluctuating vision, and/or a burning sensation in your eyes. Excessive dry eyes, or dry eye symptoms that go untreated, have the potential to damage eye tissue, scar your corneas, and impair your vision.
Vision Source Specialists’ Dry Eye & Ocular Surface Disease Clinic offers FREE dry eye screenings and varying treatment options depending on the severity. While dry eyes cannot be cured, there are various ways to soften or lessen your symptoms. There are even free ways for a person to work towards eliminating dry eye.
There are many jobs and lifestyles where we spend hours in front of computer screens, tablets, or cellphone screens every day. Due to this lifestyle or work condition, more people are feeling the effects of increased “screen time”, including dry eyes. To combat this, it is recommended to follow the “20-20-20 Rule”. Every 20 minutes a person should spend at least 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away. Looking at screens for long periods of time can strain your eyes and this is an excellent exercise to give your eyes a break.
Turn Those Blinkers On
Blinking more regularly, while it is something we often do not think about, can help with dry eye. It allows for the renewal of tear film that protects and moisturizes a person’s eyes. On average healthy blinking is 10 to 15 times per minute. But this drastically drops by half or more when a person is using electronics such as a computer, tablet, or looking at a television screen. This increases the likelihood of dry eye.
A warm compress to your eyes can help your eyelids produce more lipids. Lipids boost tear quality and can relieve some dry eye symptoms. You want to make sure your warm compress is warm enough to be therapeutic but is not too hot or cold. It is also important your warm compress is clean and sterile.
Dry Eye Syndrome can affect a person’s livelihood and experiences. Trying these three simple steps daily can make a difference in preventing and combatting dry eye. To learn if you have dry eye, contact Vision Source Specialists’ Dry Eye & Ocular Surface Disease Clinic today at (605) 399-3937. Sign up for your FREE dry eye screening and work with their team in the treatment of dry eye including with the use of state-of-the-art technology, LipiFlow. This is a treatment device specifically designed for effectively removing blockages from the meibmomian glands, allowing them to properly function and produce the oils that make up the top protective lipid layer of the tear film. During your appointment, Vision Source Specialists will discuss the treatment options that best fits your needs and help you develop a plan in helping your symptoms of dry eye.