by Taylor Sullivan, M. Ed. | UAB Community Health & Human Services Alumni
Dry eye is caused when the eyes do not make enough tears to stay moisturized or when the tears do not work correctly. Dry eyes can make your eyes feel uncomfortable and, in some cases, cause vision problems.
Dry eye is common and affects millions of Americans. There are several options available to help with dry eye while keeping eyes healthy and comfortable.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
- Scratchy feeling as if something is in your eye
- Stinging or burning feeling in your eye
- Eye redness
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
Risks of Dry Eye
Anyone can get dry eye, but some are more at risk than others.
- Those 50 years of age and older
- Contact lens wearers
- Lack of Vitamin A
- Certain autoimmune conditions
- Too much screen time
Treatment depends on what causes your symptoms. Artificial tears are the most common treatment for mild dry eye. For severe dry eye, prescription medication may be necessary, but moisturizing gels and ointments are also available without a prescription.
Talk to your eye doctor today about dry eye and treatment and prevention options.