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Dealing with Dry Eye Syndrome

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Sometimes we all feel stinging, burning sensation in eyes and at times we feel irritated with dryness in eyes. There are situations when there is a feeling of discomfort to those people who uses contact lenses. There are circumstances when there is a feeling of discomfort on wearing contact lenses. Sometimes, our eyelid sticks together on waking up in the morning. All these situations result in pain in the eyes and our eyesight deteriorates.

These are the cases relating to dry eye syndrome or Keratonconjunctivities (KCS), sicca syndrome or simply dry eyes. With dryness in the eyes, patients’ eyes dry out and become inflamed. It is a fact that our eyes produce tears or fluid all the time, not just when we cry or yawn. Production of tears in the eye is a symptom of healthy eyes. As we age, we produce fewer liquid or tears. In several countries dry eye syndrome could be due to deficiency of Vitamin A and this syndrome is common. Around 200,000 Americans have dry eye condition and people over the age of 65 and above are most vulnerable to get this condition. No doubt these could be very rare cases, but dryness could be very painful and in some conditions require surgical treatment.

Medilexicon Medical Dictionary describes that Keratoconjunctivities sicca is “keratoconjunctivities associated with decrease tears”. Tears preserve the surface of our eyeballs hygienic and moist, and help guard our eyes from damage, without which we can’t see properly. Tear consist of three layers oil, water and mucus. If any of these layers act abnormally, an individual may develop dry eye symptom. Our tears also include natural antibiotics dubbed lysozymes. They assist in keeping the surface of the eye clean and healthy by fighting off bacteria and viruses.

Did you know that we all blink around five times a minute? On developing a problem with eyelids, the blinking may be affected. There are several reasons behind dryness in the air viz., sun, wind, dry climate, hot blowing air, acute dry air, working on computer monitor for longer hours may slow down the blinking rate of our eye. Driving a vehicle or reading for longer hours may reduce our blinking rate.

In an effort to diagnose the dry eye syndrome a Rose Bengal test is undertaken in which a Royal Bengal, a liquid stain or dye is dropped onto the surface of the eyes. If the diagnosis is not clear the patient is referred to an ophthalmologist. Still a research trial is under way in Louisville for people suffering with Dry Eye Syndrome.

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5 thoughts on “Dealing with Dry Eye Syndrome
  1. Vic

    I have been wearing contact lenses and this is probably one of the causes of dry eye syndrome. My eyes get red and really itchy and I tend to scratch them most of the time. This has been really annoying since it affects my work and when I drive. My work requires a lot of time being in front of the computer and lately my eyes feel really tired. I am very curious to try the Rose Bengal test. I have tried over the counter type of products and none of them could give me any relief from my irritation for a long period. I am really glad to know that there are herbal products that could help eliminate my dry eye syndrome.

  2. Coco

    I have very sensitive eyes, especially during extreme weather conditions. At the office, when the temperature of the room is too cold, my eyes tend to feel very dull, tired, reddish and dry which is very uncomfortable, especially because I need to sit in front of the computer for eight hours! Good thing my friend recommended for me to try Herb Pharm’s Eyebright Nettle Compound, after using it, my eyes instantly feel relieved! It works gently on your eyes and it will not irritate it unlike the other products available in the drug store. An additional benefit I like about this is that it is made of herbal compounds which make it even safer to use.

  3. Ashley

    Oh my gosh! My sister had dry eye syndrome when she was still wearing contact lenses! Looking at her really felt like it was painful even though I am not the one experiencing it. She immediately went to see her ophthalmologist since she has an upcoming exam. She eventually gave up using contact lenses and switched to eyeglasses instead and used Similasan Dry Eye Relief Drops which was kept in our medicine kit in case of emergency. It was recommended by my sister’s friend as a precaution since he also experienced dry eyes when he was still wearing contact lenses.

  4. Antonio

    Working eight hours a day in front of computer was not ease at it looks. Lots of people used their physical strength to do their jobs daily. In my case I use my brain power to my job, my laptop is my personal buddy. All my work needs to be done using my laptop. Over the years of working like this I feel changes on my eyes. Itchiness started to grow worst each day. I asked professional advise and doctor advise me to use eye drops. I check online and found Similasan Dry eye relief. I use it right away and feel the improvement on my eyes. Since using this product dryness and redness clears away.

  5. Russell

    I use Eyebright Nettle Compound because of the implied benefits for my eyesight, especially night vision and it has helped to reduce my eye dry syndrome. My ophthalmologist was impressed with the health of my eyes now after using this product and recommends me to do whatever I am doing. I’ve been using this Eyebright Nettle Compound product, to protect my eyes from dry eye syndrome. It definitely helps to keep my vision from getting blurry after a meal, and my eyes no longer hurt occasionally. One week ago, I started giving this to my daughter who has pretty severe astigmatism and also light sensitivity. She has noticed a decrease in her sensitivity to light in that one week.

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