Although this condition is commonly referred to as “dry eye,” the symptoms of the condition do not necessarily reflect its popular name. In fact, in many cases dry eye can be an excess of moisture building up in the eye.
The main reason that the condition is often misunderstood surrounds the underlying cause of chronic dry eye. When a person suffers from chronic dry eye, the cause is that the affected eye is not producing tears correctly, rather than not producing tears at all.
So, the patient may experience periods of overproducing tears, coupled with periods of not producing tears at all. Therefore, those who suffer from chronic dry eye may encounter a number of different symptoms. Additionally, chronic dry eye is a collective term for a number of conditions which affect the eyes.
Some of the most common symptoms of chronic dry eye include itching, blurred vision or the sensation of grit in the eye. These symptoms normally occur as an irritation that becomes progressively worse as the eye is starved of lubrication.
For those who suffer from chronic dry eye, everyday tasks such as reading become increasingly difficult. Without the proper production of tears, the eyes become irritated and are not able to stay clean and safe from infection. Particles such as dust or dirt are not washed off the surface of the eye, further exacerbating the problem.
In some cases, there may be discharge from the eye due to infection or foreign particles building up on the surface of the cornea. Those who wear contact lenses will experience discomfort due to irritation or swelling of the eyes.
How Serious is Dry Eye?
As with any medical condition, it is important to discover the source of chronic dry eye. When the condition is persistent, it could indicate an underlying disease. Chronic dry eye is manageable through treatment. However, you may also need additional medical treatment for any contributing diseases.
Vista Eye Specialists can provide you with a full assessment of the condition, as well as investigating any contributing factors. If you are experiencing any symptoms of chronic dry eye, have your eyes checked. Any deterioration in sight is cause for concern, so contact us today if you are experiencing chronic dry eye.