Dry Eye Treatments
Almost everyone will experience dry eyes at some point in their lives, be it due to normal aging process, chronic contact lens wear, after prolonged computer use, post-LASIK procedure or environmental factors such as dry, windy or air-conditioned areas. Treatment of dry eyes depends on the severity and is not limited to only eyedrops.
Though most experience dry eyes as a temporary condition, it can also be a chronic affliction that causes much discomfort and frustration to the patient. The severity of the symptoms in chronic cases may fluctuate, but never really completely disappear.
Chronic dry eye occurs when your eyes are unable to produce enough tears to keep the eyes moist and lubricated. This may be due to reasons such as the rate of evaporation in your constant surroundings is faster than your eyes and tear ducts can handle. More often than not though, chronic dry eye is caused by an underlying condition. Abnormalities involving the eye glands, diseases of the skin or tissue near the eyes, or even allergies can contribute to the chronic dry eye condition. It can also be a result of infections or inflammation in or around the eye.
Temporary dry eye is usually a result of environmental factors. Symptoms may be experienced simply from wearing contact lenses too long or entering into a dry environment.
All is not lost, however, as this condition is very treatable with the right approach. Your eye specialist or doctor can help you find ways to alleviate your symptoms, and there are even natural remedies you can try right at home.