How to deal with dry eyes this winter

January 27th, 2016 by Carolina Eye Associates

Dry eye syndrome is a group of disorders in which either you don’t produce enough tears, or you have unstable tears or excessive tear evaporation. A common mistake that people make is confusing allergy symptoms with dry eye symptoms. Both conditions cause your eyes to sting or burn, feel scratchy, become irritated and perhaps tear excessively. Although the symptoms can feel similar to the person experiencing them, it’s important to understand that eye allergies are caused by a reaction to substances in the air, as opposed to dry eye syndrome, in which your eyes consistently do not naturally produce enough lubrication.

How can I tell if I have it? Dry eye syndrome most commonly occurs in both eyes, but it can affect one eye more than the other. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes
  • Eye redness
  • Eyes feel “tired”
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Watery eyes, which is the body’s response to the irritation of dry eyes
  • Blurred vision

If you’ve had signs and symptoms of dry eyes, see your eye doctor to diagnose the type of dry eye you have. This will allow you and your doctor to determine the best treatment plan to meet your needs.

For more information call Carolina Eye Associates at (910) 295-1501 or toll-free at (800) 733-9355.

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