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Eyes speak volumes

Research shows we read emotions in each other’s eyes – that’s the power of eye language. But common symptoms of Chronic Dry Eye disease like red, itchy, burning eyes may be sending the wrong message, one you don’t intend.

What do these eyes say to you?

Make sure your eyes say what you really mean. That’s #Eyepowerment.
Learn about Chronic Dry Eye
 

Understanding Chronic Dry Eye

Chronic Dry Eye (CDE) is a medical disease that, over time, can decrease the eye’s ability to make and/or maintain sufficient quality and quantity of tears for a healthy tear film. Up to 33 million people in the United States suffer from symptoms of CDE.


CDE symptoms may include:

  • Dryness/itching
  • Burning/stinging
  • Watering eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • A gritty or sandy sensation
  • Feeling like something is in your eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Problems wearing contact lenses

Certain external conditions can aggravate dry eye symptoms, including pollen and allergies, dry air or wind, dust or smoke, sitting too long at the computer, and wearing contact lenses.

If you experience these symptoms, talk to your doctor about Chronic Dry Eye.


CDE may have potential health consequences for your eyes. Over time it may:

  • Damage the front surface of your eyes
  • Increase your risk of eye infection
  • Affect your vision

  • CDE is more common in people 50 years of age or older
  • CDE tends to occur somewhat more frequently in women than in men
  • CDE can be associated with hormonal changes, common among women who are experiencing menopause or who are postmenopausal

CDE may be caused by instability of the tear film. Several different tear layers collaborate to make and maintain the tears that keep your eyes continually moist and healthy. Dysfunctions causing instability in one or more of these layers can lead to Chronic Dry Eye.

CDE may involve inflammation affecting the glands, which can decrease tear production. Inflammation can also affect the glands’ ability to create and maintain the lipid layer, or top layer, of the tear film. The lipid layer slows tear evaporation.

CDE may be associated with other eye or health conditions including glaucoma, diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and Sjögren's syndrome.


If your contact lenses are uncomfortable, you may have tried removing or replacing them, using eye drops, switching solutions, or maybe even changing brands. Symptoms like uncomfortable contact lenses, dryness, itching, burning, sensitivity to light, blurry vision, or watering eyes may be signs of Chronic Dry Eye.


There are several ways to manage CDE disease that you should discuss with your ophthalmologist or optometrist. Together, you and your eye doctor will choose the treatment option that's best for you.

  • Artificial tears Also known as over-the-counter eye drops, most of these temporarily provide moisture to the eye and relieve dry eye symptoms
  • Prescription medicine Some options for treatment of dry eye are only available by prescription from your eye doctor
  • Tear duct plugs Also known as punctal plugs, these are silicone plugs that can be inserted by an eye doctor to close the ducts that drain tears out of the eye

 

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