“Dry Eye Syndrome” also know simply as “Dry Eyes” is a common condition where the eyes don’t produce enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. This leads to the eyes drying out or becoming irritated.

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Dry eyes can not only be frustrating, but they are also uncomfortable and sometimes even quite painful.

You may feel like you have watery eyes, or they feel like there’s grit in them, that can’t be blinked (or cried) away. Your eyes may also look red and inflamed and you may have mucus around your eyes.

What Can Trigger Dry Eyes?

Identifying the source of your discomfort is essential for properly treating your eye condition. Age and genetics can cause dry eyes, but also your environment, lifestyle, and medications can contribute to dryness. Certain eye health issues can also cause you to have insufficient tears for good eye health.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

This occurs when an abnormality or blockage in the small meibomian glands in your lower eyelid hinders them from producing adequate lipids to maintain balance in your tears. This can lead to the quicker than normal evaporation of tears, causing discomfort and sore eyes.

Blepharitis

This is an inflammation of the eyelids that affects the area around the base of the eyelashes. It results in swollen and red eyelids and the production of infected debris. It can be quite unpleasant and lead to excessive itchiness, a burning sensation, and discomfort.

Seasonal Changes

Seasonal changes can wreak havoc on our eyes, at certain times of the you’re your eyes are exposed to increased amounts of pollen and allergens in the air. This can trigger an immune response in certain people, leading to inflammation and dry eyes. This can cause discomfort, tearing, and even an inability to open or close your eyes due to sensitivity.

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Hormonal Changes

Women have always faced unique challenges due to changing hormones. Unfortunately, this often includes experiencing dry eyes due to hormonal fluctuations related to pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause, and birth control medication. The culprits behind the dryness are believed to be changes in hormone levels, such as estrogen and progesterone, which can affect the oil glands in the eyes.

Digital Eye Strain

Optometrists are increasingly looking for and treating digital eye strain in children.
About 80 per cent of children report digital eye strain when using digital devices, and this can cause dry eye. Optometrists are also encouraging children (and adults who spend a lot of time in front of screens) to blink more in an effort to help combat digitally related dry eye problems,

The type of digital device you use, the type of screen you use, viewing distances, how many hours a day you use digital devices and whether you are using a multi-screen system can all impact on dry eye symptoms.

Interestingly concurrent screen use is associated with a higher incidence of digital eye strain symptoms.

Treatment

Eye drops bought over the counter don’t treat the problem, they only mask the problem.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment stimulates the meibomian glands leading them to return to normal function, usually within a few hours of the treatment. Usually three treatments provide a marked improvement, but you may need a repeat course later if your symptoms return.

Rexoneye Treatment can deliver long term relief and all that’s needed is four x 20 minute sessions over the course of around 4 weeks.

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