July Is Dry Eye Awareness Month

July Is Dry Eye Awareness Month

July 2024 marks the beginning of Dry Eye Awareness Month, an important campaign dedicated to raising awareness about dry eye syndrome. At Paragon Eye Associates, we’re committed to educating our community about this common yet often misunderstood condition. Dry eyes can significantly impact your quality of life, but with proper understanding and treatment, relief is possible.

What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or when the tears evaporate too quickly. Tears are essential for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Without adequate lubrication, the eyes can become irritated and inflamed, leading to discomfort and potential vision problems.

Common Symptoms of Dry Eye

Dry eye symptoms can vary from person to person, but they often include:

  • A stinging or burning sensation in the eyes
  • A gritty or sandy feeling, as if something is in your eye
  • Redness and irritation
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision, especially after reading or using a computer
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Watery eyes, which is the body’s response to the irritation of dry eyes

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s essential to consult an eye care professional for a comprehensive evaluation.

Causes and Risk Factors

Several factors can contribute to dry eye, including:

  • Age: As we age, tear production tends to decrease, making dry eye more common in older adults.
  • Gender: Women are more likely to develop dry eye due to hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, menopause, and the use of oral contraceptives.
  • Medications: Certain medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, and antidepressants, can reduce tear production.
  • Medical Conditions: Conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid disorders can increase the risk of dry eye.
  • Environmental Factors: Exposure to smoke, wind, and dry climates can exacerbate dry eye symptoms.
  • Screen Time: Prolonged use of digital devices can reduce blinking, leading to increased evaporation of tears.

Treatment Options for Dry Eye

The good news is that there are various treatment options available to manage dry eye effectively. At Paragon Eye Associates, we offer personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs. Some common treatments include:

  1. Artificial Tears: Over-the-counter lubricating eye drops can provide temporary relief.
  2. Prescription Medications: Anti-inflammatory medications can help increase tear production and reduce inflammation.
  3. Punctal Plugs: These tiny devices can be inserted into the tear ducts to prevent tears from draining too quickly, keeping the eyes moist.
  4. Lipid-based Eye Drops: These drops can help restore the oily layer of the tear film, reducing evaporation.
  5. Lifestyle Adjustments: Simple changes, such as taking breaks during screen time, using a humidifier, and staying hydrated, can significantly alleviate symptoms.

Schedule Your Eye Exam Today

During Dry Eye Awareness Month, take a proactive step towards better eye health by scheduling an eye exam at Paragon Eye Associates. Whether you’re experiencing symptoms of dry eye or simply want to ensure your eyes are in good health, our dedicated team is here to help.

To schedule your eye exam, fill out the form below or call us at (817) 277-6433 for our Arlington office or (817) 477-0223 for our Mansfield office. Don’t let dry eye discomfort interfere with your daily life—seek expert care and find relief with Paragon Eye Associates.

Remember, your vision is vital—let’s work together to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable this Dry Eye Awareness Month and beyond.

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Give your eyes the treatment they deserve here at Paragon Eye Associates. Request a consultation by filling out and submitting the form below. You can also contact us over the phone by dialing (817) 277-6433 for our Arlington office or (817) 477-0223 for our Mansfield office. For referrals, click here.