FAQ - Dry Eye Syndromes
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Is dry eye syndrome considered a serious illness ?

I don't know if I have dry eyes, but my eyes are really itchy, and there is redness sometimes, when a flow of air reaches my eyes I feel a relief for a second, then it goes back to itchy. I always feel like rubbing my eyes, and whenever I'm using the computer/tv, in 10 minutes my eyes start to bother me... Is it eye syndrome, and is it serious ???

Dry eye syndrome is very, very common. Most people have some degree of it. Some people are very bothered by it and some don't seem to have any problems. It will be worse if you sleep with a ceiling fan, CPAP machine for sleep apnea, or are on certain medications, such as antihistamines, blood pressure medicenes, and some depression meds. To treat it, use frequent artificial tears like Systane, Refresh, Optive, etc as much as needed. If it is bad during the night, you can use an over-the-counter ointment like Genteal Gel, Refresh PM, or Lacrilube.  (+ info)

Where is the best place to live with dry eye syndrome?

I have severe dry eye mostly due to getting LASIK. It is so unbearable at times that I have missed 20 days of work. Allergies only aggravate the condition.

What are the best places to live if one has dry eye? I am about to go bananas and am thinking about making some drastic changes to get relief with this condition.

I had Lasik eye surgery done after wearing glasses for 16 years. It has been perfect for me. I have had no changes. Of course, as I age, I expect changes. I also co-manage refractive surgery and have seen hundreds of successful patients. It doesn't hurt, generally. There is a bit of pressure, but no real pain if you have LASIK. The PRK version (where no flap is cut) is a little more uncomfortable for the first few days following the procedure. I've seen several people who said they were in some pain, but healed just fine. I used to wear both glasses and contact lenses. I had LASIK done and it's the best decision I've ever made. I can see clearly, no squinting, no driving with glasses anymore. I can read road signs, see the individual leaves in the trees (they're not just a blurry mess anymore). It's also nice to be able to see what time it is when I wake up. The procedure is painless (although a bit uncomfortable) but takes less than 15 minutes. Highly recommended.

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Can over sleeping cause dry eye syndrome?

i've been told i have dry eye syndrome and i've noticed that whenever i get into a bad sleeping pattern (sleeping for 10 hours +) the problem is amplified has anyone ever linked the 2 things together? has anyone else experienced this?

Regular sleep for 7hrs ok.more than that leads to laziness/dullness.

If u feel ,u can sleep for abt 30 mts in the day time.  (+ info)

dry eye???

i have had dry eye before but usually just blurry eyes and sensitive to sun and wind, but this time i am having problems focusing and if i look at something that is across the room for more than asecond it gets real blurry and my eyes hurt for a second could this still be dry eye? And i already where glasses and just got anew perscription like 2 months ago.

First of all, I strongly disapprove of Visine. It contains chemicals that can make your condition worse over time. There are tons of different artificial tears available over the counter. Dry eyes can cause all of the problems you are having. If the tears used routinely four times a day don't seem to help, contact your doctor. There are several other options you can discuss with your doctor. Such as tear duct plugs and Restasis, a prescription drop that will help your eyes to produce their own natural tears again. Hope this helps!  (+ info)

Do contact lenses give you dry eye syndrome?

Do contact lenses cause dry-eye syndrome? Is there any way to prevent it? What are the chances that I will get dry-eye syndrome if I start wearing contacts?

No, but they can exacerbate it. You must have enough tears to support your own eye and a contact lens. If you only have enough for the eye, but the lens pushes you past critical mass, you may need to consider wearing lenses specifically for folks with dry eye, such as acuvue oasys or proclear. Also, you can supplement your tears with artificial tears. Talk to your doctor about this when getting fit.  (+ info)

I have chronic dry eyes,I have tried many eye drops, including Restasis - nothing has helped me, what can I do?

I have suffered with dry eyes syndrome since I am a teenager - I have seen eye doctors, I have used all kinds of eye drops for dry eyes - nothing has help me. Its becoming very difficult to deal with it.
Thanks for your help.

Some things to try for dry eye:

1. conciously blink at least every 5 seconds and every few blinks pause for a second or two with your eyes closed to moisten the part of the eye exposed to the air.

2. try the new Eyemist™ by Nature's Tears® which is available at most major drug stores, or order on line at http://www.naturestears.com or order direct at (800)367-6478.

3. ask your doctor if he does 'punctal plugs' or does he know who does it in your area. This technique blocks off the drainage of tears from the eyes.  (+ info)

Would I be a poor candidate for LASIK surgery if I take medications that cause dry eye?

I've read that people who have "dry eye syndrome" shouldn't have LASIK surgery. I don't have that syndrome, but I do take several prescription medications daily that have tended to make my eyes dry.

You may be, and the best is to get your eyes checked up before proceeding to surgery.

Thank you.

Dr.Yeoh Phee Liang
Consultant Ophthalmologist
Website : www.advancevision.net.my
Tel : +603 - 7724 1392  (+ info)

Dry eye syndrome and eye makeup?

I just got diagnosed with dry eye syndrome and need some tips on what makeup products to used and what will help?

Oh. I just answered this on your other post. LOL  (+ info)

Is Dry Eye Syndrome dangerous in the long run?

Hi , i think i suffer from dry eye syndrome and i have left it untreated for a year now, but does it affect your eyesight in the long term?could it lead to blindness?, or if there is a cure for it, thanks

Self-Care at Home
To help alleviate your symptoms from DES, you may want to try these self-help tips at home.
A humidifier puts more moisture in the air. With more moisture in the air, your tears evaporate more slowly, keeping your eyes more comfortable. Both furnaces in the winter and air conditioning in the summer decrease the humidity in the air.
Excessive air movement dries out your eyes. Avoid having excessive air movement by decreasing the speed of ceiling fans and/or oscillating fans.
Large amounts of dust or other particulate matter in the air may worsen the symptoms of dry eye. In those situations, an air filter may be helpful.
Hot compresses and eyelid scrubs/massage with baby shampoo help by providing a thicker, more stable lipid layer. This is especially helpful if you have meibomian gland dysfunction, rosacea, or blepharitis. The heat warms up the oil in the oil glands, making it flow more easily; the massaging action helps get the oil out of the glands. The cleansing action decreases the number of bacteria that break down the oil.
Artificial tears and lubricating eyedrops and gels (available over the counter) help provide more moisture and lubrication for the surface of your eye. They are typically used about four times a day, but they can be used as often as needed. Preservative-free solutions are recommended if you wish to use artificial tears more than six times a day. There is no single over-the-counter drop that is best for everyone. Each individual will determine which drop provides the most relief from symptoms. Some drops may have a longer effect than others. Lubricating eye ointments are much thicker than eyedrops and gels. Because ointments are so thick, they last much longer than eyedrops and gels. However, because of their thickness, ointments may blur your vision if used during the day. Therefore, they are typically used to lubricate the eyes overnight while you are asleep.
If you notice your eyes are dry mainly while you are reading or watching TV, taking frequent breaks to allow your eyes to rest and become moist and comfortable again is helpful. Closing your eyes for 10 seconds every five to 10 minutes will increase your comfort, as will blinking more frequently.
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And NO,it dusnt lead to blindness as far as i know.  (+ info)

Does any of the eye drops that treat Dry-eye contain steroids?

I'm really worry about eye drops, I have dry eye syndrome and once in the past I got a very high eyes pressure because I have used a steriod eye drops to treat my itchy eyes. Anyway, it's safe to use any of the dry-eye eyedrops? they don't contain steroids?

No dry eye drops or artificial tears contain steroids unless specifically they state they do. Those that contain steroids require a prescription from your doctor and are not available for sale over the counter. If your doctor is prescribing the drops then you should make them aware of this problem. Otherwise you can buy any drops over the counter yourself  (+ info)

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