Do you have dry eyes? If you do have, you are not alone. While a mild case of dry eyes is common for many people and does not pose much of a problem, if allowed to progress into a serious condition, it could cause permanent damage to the cornea and lead to complications.
Previously dry eye syndrome was a condition experienced mostly by people over 50 years of age. However, in today’s world of high technology, according to Dr. Gregg Feinerman, about half of the ones who come to see him with this syndrome, are 20 to 30 years old. Crazy, right?
In order to prevent dry eyes, you should be aware of the causes. According to the American Optometric Association, there are some known contributors to the condition:
# Age. Most people over 65 do have some problems.
# Some medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid problems.
# Long term use of contact lenses.
# Refractive eye surgeries, such as LASIK.
In addition, dry eye syndrome can be made worse by hot, dry, windy conditions and by smoke. In fact, where you live can make a difference. Some cities are actually considered to be “hot spots” where the condition could be worse. Las Vegas is number one, followed by the Texas cities of Lubbock, El Paso, Midland/Odessa, Dallas/Fort Worth, and the Santa Monica, Ca area.
Actually, there was a study done on a team of tree trimming (visit their website to see some of their profiles) guys out on the West Coast, and they found that the more they were around wood chips, the more likely they were going to have dry eye eyes. Sad stuff, huh?
Signs that you may have dry eyes are blurred vision, sensitivity to light, or a sensation that a foreign object is in the eye.
For mild cases, which simply means that the eyes are not producing the right amount of, or quality of tears, there are quite a few easy self-care, natural solutions. Be sure that you blink your eyes on a regular basis, get plenty of sleep, avoid smoke, increase humidity in the air, and wear sunglasses when you are outdoors. Use lubricating eye drops if necessary and drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily. Continue reading