How to tell if you have dry eye disease

Dry eyes are a common problem, and one that affects hundreds of thousands of people every day. In fact almost one in two of us have issues with our eyes from day to day. So if you do suffer from dry eyes, what causes you to? And more importantly, what can you do about it?

Well there are many different reasons for having dry eyes, and it is a common symptom for a lot of eye related problems. Yet there are also other contributing factors which can lead to the condition, with the primary source being ageing.

Although some people are lucky enough to retain perfect vision, as they get older, with no eye problems, not all of us are so lucky. Like most parts of the body, the eyes slowly begin to degenerate over time as we age. This means that the older you are the more at risk from eye issues. Another important biological factor which can cause dry eyes is hormonal changes and imbalance. This is especially true in women, where hormones change quiet rapidly each and every month. Your monthly cycle has multiple times where your body completely changes some of its hormones, and as such some of these can have an effect on your eyes.

Can menopause cause dry eye disease?

The menopause is also a time of major hormonal change in your body, and it can have long lasting outcome on many different areas of the body and your health. As with monthly hormonal changes, the massive effect these hormones can have on your body can cause you to have dried out eyes. If you suffer from dry eyes at certain times each month during your period, or if you are going through the menopause, then it is essential that you seek out an optician or consult with your local GP. They will be able to assess exactly what is going on, as well as be able to refer you to a specialist who is further qualified to help diagnose and treat any problems you may have.

There are a number of treatments for dry eyes, from eye drops to surgery. While not all treatment methods are suitable for everyone you will be told what solution is right for you. Surgery is a rather major form of treatment, and it is unlikely to be used unless there are serious issues or complications which prevent other methods of treating the condition. All surgery should be taken seriously, but especially eye surgery and as such most medical professionals would much rather use other forms of treatment such as eye drops.

Eye drops, as well as other eye solutions, are one of the most common treatments for dry eyes problems. They are generally cheap, easy to mass produce and effective in almost all circumstances. As such most opticians will advise almost all dry eye suffers to use them rather than to have surgery.

It is important however that if you only suffer dry eyes during certain times, especially based around your period, that you tell your GP or optician so that they can fully understand what your body is doing, as well as suggest what treatments will work for your dry eye symptoms.