Many Canadians will experience dry eye at some point in their lives. It’s an exceptionally common condition which can be exacerbated by seasonal variations, so it’s pretty hard to avoid. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, or sitting in an office which uses recycled air, you’re probably more likely to be hit than most.
The good news is that dry eye is not usually a severe condition. Minor medicinal treatments and lifestyle changes tend to overpower symptoms, but it’s important to confirm that you do actually have dry eye, not another condition exhibiting similar symptoms.
A quick, thorough examination of your eyes will let your optometrist make a diagnosis and recommend suitable treatment options.
It’s a condition caused by a lack of lubrication of the eye, for which the symptoms are largely discomfort around the eye.
The climate is the main perpetrator for most dry eye sufferers, as arid (dry) air can whisk plenty of moisture from your eyes. Other causes include:
The recommended treatment for dry eye will vary depending on the severity of your symptoms.