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Dry Eyes As We Age

Dry Eyes As We Age

Some say that with age comes wisdom, confidence, and kindness. A slightly less pleasant aspect of reaching the golden years is the heightened risk of developing ocular conditions such as dry eye syndrome (DES).

While aging is inevitable, fortunately, dry eye syndrome is not. Dr. Vikram Singh can help manage symptoms with the latest dry eye treatments to ensure that your eyes stay feeling fresh and clear of any irritation.

What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a common, yet treatable, eye condition where the eyes aren’t sufficiently lubricated. This leads to a host of uncomfortable symptoms, listed below. The severity of DES symptoms can range from mildly bothersome to incapacitating.

What Are Dry Eye Symptoms?

Some symptoms of DES include:

  • Eye redness
  • A stinging or burning sensation in the eyes
  • Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Watery eyes
  • A gritty feeling, similar to having something in your eyes

If you experience any of the above symptoms, schedule an eye exam with Ancaster Dry Eye Centre to determine the root cause of your dry eye and receive the relief you need.

What Causes Dry Eye?

DES can be caused by many factors, including pollution and dry air, allergies, poor tear quality, or insufficient tears. Healthy tears are made up of a combination of 3 layers: water, mucus, and oil. Any imbalance in this precise cocktail can result in DES.

elder woman using smartphoneHow Does Aging Engender Dry Eye?

The process of tear production slows as we age. If the lacrimal glands produce fewer tears, the quantity of your tears decreases. In addition to diminished quantity, problems with tear quality can result in a reduced production of oil and mucus.

Furthermore, certain medications can also pose a higher risk of DES for patients, especially those over the age of 50, when medications are more commonly prescribed. Frequently prescribed medications like antihistamines and blood pressure tablets can cause or exacerbate dry eye symptoms.

Several medical conditions and chronic diseases, including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson’s disease, are more prevalent in people over the age of 50, and are known to cause DES in many patients.

How Are Dry Eyes Treated?

If you suspect you may have DES, know that the symptoms can be minimized or completely eliminated. Many people assume that over-the-counter remedies, such as lubricating eye drops, are the end of the line for DES treatment when this isn’t the case. At Ancaster Dry Eye Centre, we know that DES can cause severe discomfort, and we’re here to help.

If your dry eye symptoms remain after trying over-the-counter lubricants, then Dr. Vikram Singh can provide a more comprehensive examination and discuss with you some more effective treatments than those available at the local drugstore.

With aging comes wisdom, and with wisdom comes booking your next eye exam at Ancaster Dry Eye Centre. Don’t let dry eye symptoms reduce your quality of life — let us help you find relief.

Ancaster Dry Eye Centre serves patients from Hamilton area, Burlington, Brantford, Cambridge, and throughout Ontario.

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the potential community spread of the virus, the clinic will be closed on the recommendation of the College of Optometrists of Ontario. For the safety of our patients, staff and doctors we will remain closed until at least March 30th, 2020. This may change as the directives change from the Ministry of Health and College of Optometrists, and we will continue to update our patients.

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