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.
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:
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:
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.