Dry eye treatment
Also called lacrimal deficiency or dry eye syndrome, dry eye is characterized by a decrease in the secretion of tears. When eye lubrication is deficient, eye protection against irritants such as smoke, dust or wind is at risk.
Because of this dryness, and possibly the environment, wearing contact lenses can be very uncomfortable. Often chronic, lacrimal deficiency involves close follow-up by an optometrist and a suitable long-term treatment.
A person suffering from dry eye can expect to have some of the following symptoms:
- Eye inflammation sensation and red eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Watery eyes
- Blurred vision
The amount of secreted tears can be calculated by our optometrists. A battery of tests may be necessary, but sometimes a single look is enough for our professionals to detect signs of chronic inflammation or eyelid infection, such as the colour of the latter or the appearance of dandruff on the eyelashes.
The most common and simple way to reduce dry eye is the use of artificial tears, which aim to increase eye lubrication. There are many of these on the market: An optometrist remains the best source to choose the type that will suit you best.
Gel or ointment products offered in pharmacies are often sufficient to relieve uncomfortable eye dryness. They can, however, occasionally blur your vision. Dosage varies from one person to the other, depending on the initially observed symptoms. Severe cases of dry eye require omega-3 supplements or prescribed medications.