Dry eye syndrome is a condition that affects approximately 20% of the Irish population. It occurs when the tear glands are not producing enough lubrication for the eyes and despite its name, dryness is not the only symptom.
Other signs you may have dry eye syndrome include:
- Red eyes or eyelids
- A gritty sensation in your eyes
- Blurred vision
- Itchy eyes
- Sore eyes
- Tired eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Excessive watering
A number of factors can contribute to the development of dry eye syndrome, including tiredness, long periods of time looking at a screen (like a computer or television) and incorrect contact lens use. Additionally, environmental factors such as air conditioning and high pollen counts can also affect the way the eyes lubricate themselves.
If you are suffering any of the conditions mentioned above please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team here at Vision Care. As well as being able to provide a number of solutions for dry eye syndrome, our opticians take a strong interest in this area of optics. You can therefore rest assured you will only ever be provided with treatment based on your individual case of the condition.
Please note: As with most medical problems, dry eye syndrome can get progressively worse – and therefore harder to treat – the longer it is left to develop. For this reason you are strongly recommended to speak with an optician should you experience any symptoms of the condition.