Are Your Eyes Burning?
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a common condition that occurs when your tears aren’t able to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. Tears can be inadequate for many reasons. For example, DES syndrome may occur if you don’t produce enough tears, or if you produce poor-quality tears. This tear deficiency leads to inflammation and damage of the eye’s surface.
9 Dry Eye Symptoms
Dry eyes can be caused by aging, menopause, certain medical conditions like thyroid disorders, certain medications, poor ocular hygiene and other factors. The signs and symptoms vary greatly and usually affect both eyes. The symptoms of dry eye syndrome are as follows:
- A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes
- Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
- Contact lens discomfort
- Sensitivity to light
- Eye redness
- A sensation of having something in your eyes
- Difficulty with nighttime driving and glare
- Watery eyes (a common symptom)
- Blurred vision, fluctuating clarity or eye fatigue
What Does Dry Eye Syndrome Mean for You?
Dry eyes are uncomfortable and can often cause your eyes to sting or burn. You may experience dry eyes in certain situations, such as on an airplane, in an air-conditioned room, a dry environment or after looking at a computer or smartphone for a few hours. It can affect how well you see, as well as how comfortable your eyes are throughout the day. If you suffer from difficulty wearing contact lenses, overly watery eyes, or eye fatigue, it can have a massive impact on your day.
When to See an Eye Doctor & What to Expect
If you’ve had prolonged signs and dry eye symptoms, including red, irritated, tired or painful eyes, it’s time to see your eye doctor. An optometrist nearby can take steps to determine what’s bothering your eyes and suggest treatments to make you more comfortable.
The eye doctor will complete various tests to evaluate the health of the tear layers, your eyes ability to produce tears and check for any damage caused by Dry Eye Syndrome (DES). This is all to say, the exam usually takes around 30 minutes and is to determine a personalized treatment for you.
Tempture Treatment & the Wrinkle Reducing Benefits
While artificial tears may provide short term relief, more effective treatments are now available. Radio Frequency is an advanced, non-invasive, heat and laser technology that helps to treat dry eye disease but it also has added beauty benefits, and can be an effective treatment for reducing the appearance of;
- Fine lines
- Facial creases
- Loose skin
Best of all, Radio Frequency requires no surgery, needles or downtime.
This Radio Frequency treatment is provided by Cynosure’s TempSure Envi device and is only offered by specialized, certified providers. Be sure to speak with your optometrist nearby to inquire about a dry eye syndrome evaluation, and the treatment options they have available for your eyes.
Additional Technical Resources: Mayo Clinic – DES Causes