Could Dry Eyes Make Your Vision Blurry?
Tears are one of those little things that nobody pays much attention to. Yet tears are an essential bodily function, and not just when we're upset. Our eyes are constantly covered by a thin layer of tear film for optimal eye health. And while an exception is expected (everyone suffers irritation or dryness sometimes), if you're continually experiencing these symptoms, it may be due to dry eye syndrome.
This disorder can cause frustration and potentially damage the ocular tissues, so it's essential to get in touch with us at Bentz Eye Center in West Palm Beach, FL. Founder Dr. Robert Bentz can help you achieve dry eye relief.
What's causing my dry eye syndrome, and can it make my vision blurry?
Dry eye syndrome is generally a result of inadequate tear production, which may be a problem of quantity or quality. If one cannot produce enough tears or the constitution of tears is faulty, this disorder may manifest.
Rather than just water, tears also contain mucus and oil. These substances are necessary to help tears spread across the eye's surface and reduce the evaporation rate. Along with improving daily comfort, a healthy layer of tears also protects the eye. But if the ratio is off, the compromised tears can't do their job, and dry eye syndrome results.
While there isn't a singular cause, it can be influenced by numerous factors. These include certain medications, previous laser-based eye surgeries, contact lens use, and aging. Overall health also plays a role, with people living with diabetes likelier to be afflicted. To devise the most efficient solution possible, we must find any underlying causes, so it's so important to schedule regular eye exams.
Dryness and discomfort are just a couple of facets of dry eye syndrome. Some experience irritation and redness, as well as grittiness, or the feeling of having something stuck in your eye. Your vision may also be adversely affected, leading to hazy (or blurry) sight, problems driving at night, light sensitivity, and other visual woes.
How can my dry eye syndrome be treated?
Once we've found the source of the problem, we can do what we do best at Bentz Eye Center: formulate a treatment strategy based on your unique needs, medical history, and lifestyle factors. These factors may be key to treating your dry eyes, and lifestyle alterations may prove advantageous.
We recommend avoiding air blowing into your eyes or cigarette smoke. If you work with computers, or look at screens for prolonged periods, it's best to take constant breaks. Additionally, improving general health never hurts, and by focusing on proper nutrition and exercise, you may experience many benefits. Other efficient treatments involve eye drops, artificial tears, or a procedure to fix the function of oil glands within the eyelids. But, as always, our therapies are patient-specific and always tailored to yield optimal outcomes.
Find dry eye relief today by giving us a call
Are you annoyed by dry eyes? Don't hesitate to seek treatment any longer, as we'll do our best to discover the easiest, most effective solution for you. If the problem is left untreated, it may hinder your visual acuity or even cause physical harm to various ocular structures. Fortunately, Dr. Robert Bentz is dedicated to your eye health. And you can explore your options for dry eye relief by reaching out to us at Bentz Eye Center in West Palm Beach, FL.