Chronic Dry Eye (CDE) is a medical disease that can affect daily activities, and over time can damage the front surface of the eye, and may even impact vision. Up to 33 million Americans suffer from CDE, however, many don’t know they have it. Learn more about Chronic Dry Eye so you can be empowered to have an informed conversation with your doctor.
CHRONIC DRY EYE
If your eyes don’t create the right quality or quantity of tears, or if the tear film breaks
down, your eyes may develop dry areas, which can cause irritation.
Several different tear layers work together to produce tears that keep your eyes moist
and healthy. Dysfunctions in these layers can lead to Chronic Dry Eye disease.
SEE THE SYMPTOMS
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have Chronic
Symptoms can get worse and more frequent over time. However, they can be
addressed with Chronic Dry Eye treatment options.
Talk to your eye doctor about all available treatment options.
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The symptoms of Chronic Dry Eye disease can cause certain unintended eye
behaviors that can get in the way of the messages you intend to send. Those behaviors include:
Make sure your eyes say what you really mean. If you experience symptoms of CDE,
they could be impacting your eye language, so call your eye doctor to make an
appointment for a Chronic Dry Eye medical exam.
UNCOMFORTABLE CONTACT LENSES?
If your eyes feel uncomfortable while wearing contact lenses, it might not be your lenses or contact lens solution that are the problem. You may actually have Chronic Dry Eye disease. You should talk to your eye doctor, and can prepare for your appointment by answering these questions:
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may have Chronic Dry Eye—a disease that can result in the symptoms above and if left untreated may have more serious consequences. Ask your eye doctor for a Chronic Dry Eye medical exam today.
THE WHO AND WHY
OF CHRONIC DRY EYE
WHAT HAPPENS OVER TIME
CDE may have long-term consequences for your eyes, because it can be a progressive disease. This means that for some people, CDE may worsen over time.
If you think you may have symptoms of Chronic Dry Eye disease, don’t wait until your annual vision exam. Since CDE may have potential long-term health consequences for your eyes, it's important you take action to get diagnosed and treated. Your first step should be to schedule a medical exam with your optometrist or ophthalmologist.Check your insurance
Many people have both a medical health insurance plan that covers exams for eye complaints or symptoms and a routine vision insurance plan that covers exams for contact lens or eyeglass prescriptions. Getting dry eye symptoms checked is a medical exam, and should be covered by your regular medical insurance.Confirm it’s the right exam
When you call to make your appointment, make sure the office staff identifies your visit as a Chronic Dry Eye medical exam. And when you arrive, remind the receptionist you're there to be evaluated for Chronic Dry Eye disease.
Share with your eye doctor any dry eye symptoms and whether you’re using artificial tears and how often you use them. If it turns out that you indeed have Chronic Dry Eye disease, there are different treatment options to discuss with your doctor. Options range from artificial tears for temporary symptom relief, prescription medications prescribed by your doctor, medical devices that deal with symptoms of dry eye, and tear duct plugs that close the tear drainage ducts. Talk to your eye doctor about the treatment that’s right for you.
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