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If you frequently have red, itchy, dry eyes, you could have chronic dry eye syndrome. This condition is relatively common, and it can be very uncomfortable. In some cases, it can be painful. If you think that you are suffering from this condition, there are a few things that you should know about it.
When you cry, your eyes produce tears. Your eyes also produce tears to keep the lubricated so that you can see clearly. Dry eye is a condition where your eyes don't create enough tears to properly nourish your eyes and keep them lubricated.
There are several causes of dry eye. These include:
There are a few ways that your eye doctor can diagnose dry eye. These include:
If you suffer from dry eye, wearing contacts can worsen the condition; however, there are certain types of contacts that are designed for people with dry eye and will help keep your eyes moist. Soft lenses work great for people with dry eye because they hold more water and allow the eyes to breathe by allowing more oxygen to come in. Contacts with high water content are also great because they draw water from the eye to keep the lenses moist. Finally, contact lenses that you change daily provide the most comfort for a person who is suffering from dry eye.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of dry eye, you should make an appointment with Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian. Our doctors of optometry can run a few tests to determine whether or not you have dry eye. If you do have the condition, our optometrists can create a treatment plan to help you produce more tears.