The Scoop on “Dry Eye”

Here’s the paradox about the condition called dry eye: The eyes get watery rather than dry. People experience it when they’re performing eye-intense undertakings such as driving and reading. And in today’s tech-driven society, countless people spend hours on end peering at the screens of video games, computers and smartphones. These adjectives are frequently used to describe symptoms of dry eye: watery, prickly, grainy, fuzzy, weary and burning. 

Our optometrists can diagnose dry eye and help you take steps to remedy it. From the front office to the exam room, our practice is made up of professionals who take your vision health very seriously. 

Dry eye is usually triggered when the tears on the thin coating of your eyes evaporate because you’ve been concentrating so long and hard that you’ve blinked less than normal. When you finally do blink, your eyelids rub over that thin coating, which would normally be slathered with a smooth film of normal tears but is instead covered with concentrated, salty tears. Irritated eyes and lids follow. 

When the eyeballs get defensive and flood themselves with tears, they replenish their needed moisture. Thus, the dry eye/watery eye dichotomy.   Your interior surroundings also matter. You can get dry eyes from a dehumidifier or a gas fire. On the other hand, damp cloths draped over your radiators will release moisture into the air. So will, obviously, a humidifier.

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