Dry Eye

dry eyes

What is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye is one of the most common eye disorders in Ireland.

It happens when tears don’t function as they should do - the normal function of tears is to keep the surface of the eyes wet and lubricated.

If the tears are not good enough you can get a gritty, burning sensation of the eyes that can sometimes disturb vision.

In Dry Eye either:

  • The eyes may not be making enough tears
  • The tears produced are of poor quality
  • The tears evaporate faster than they should

What are the symptoms?

We understand that symptoms can vary from person to person and you may even find you have watery eyes when suffering from this condition.  Other typical symptoms can be

  • Dryness
  • Excessive watering
  • Gritty feeling/foreign body sensations
  • Pain
  • Blurring of vision
  • Redness
  • ‘Tired’ eyes
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • Contact lens discomfort
  • Irritation from wind/smoke
dry eyes
dry eyes

What are the symptoms?

We understand that symptoms can vary from person to person and you may even find you have watery eyes when suffering from this condition.  Other typical symptoms can be

  • Dryness
  • Excessive watering
  • Gritty feeling/foreign body sensations
  • Pain
  • Blurring of vision
  • Redness
  • ‘Tired’ eyes
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • Contact lens discomfort
  • Irritation from wind/smoke
dry eyes

What are the causes of Dry Eye?

Dry Eye can be caused by a variety of factors including:

  • Ageing
  • Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids)
  • Dry environment / pollution
  • Computer Use
  • Hormonal changes (some treatments for the menopause)
  • LASIK surgery
  • Preservatives (in eye drops)
  • Drinking to much alcohol
  • Certain types of medications*
    (anti-acne, some beta-blockers, oral contraceptives, antihistamines, diuretics, decongestants and anti-depressants)
  • Dry eye may also be symptom of general health problems or disease e.g. people with arthritis are more prone to Dry Eye.

*Please note: do not stop using prescribed medicines without discussing with your Doctor. Your Optometrist or Doctor can advise of any known links between medicines you are taking and Dry Eye.

The good news is that dry eyes can be treated. 

If you are experiencing problems,

we are only too happy to help so call us and make an appointment.

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Waterford: 051 874 392

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051 641 513

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