Dry Eyes & Dry Eye Syndrome at Hardesty Eye Care
Dry Eye and Dry Eye Syndrome are very common eye problems characterized by an annoying, uncomfortable and sometimes even painful sensation of dryness. Dryness of our eyes is a very common condition effecting young and old alike. Often times dryness of the eyes is first noted as scratchy feeling, red, irritated eyes that water a lot. Often times the watering is so prominent that people are surprised to learn that dryness is the underlying problem. Dry Eye is often at its worse with prolonged reading, out in the wind and cold, upon awakening, and during the dry winter months.
Dry eyes are more common as we grow older. Dry Eye is an especially common problem in post-menopausal women. Other conditions that are associated with dry eyes include Arthritis, Thyroid problems and Acne Rosacea. Drugs and medications including antihistamines and anti-depressants often worsen dryness. Many patients notice extra dryness for several weeks after eye surgery.
Important Note: Patients who are having Laser Eye Surgery (LASIK, PRK) or who have had Laser Eye Surgery within the last 3 months should check with your surgeon before using anything for dry eyes.