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Dry Eye Symptoms And Treatment For Dry Eye At Boardman Family Eyecare

Dry eyes are a common condition, but you don't have to suffer from this condition. If you are in the Youngstown suburbs or anywhere in the Mahoning County area, Boardman Family Eyecare can help you manage dry eyes.Dry eye syndrome tends to be more common during the winter, probably because this chronic condition is exacerbated by the dry environment. When the heaters are cranked up indoors, and the wind slaps your face outdoors, dry eye symptoms can arise.

At Boardman Family Eyecare, when a patient comes in for a dry eye exam, we test the tear film quantity and quality. The stability of the tear film is measured to evaluate how long the tears remain on the eye bathing the eye in moisture. We also assess tear production, to see whether there are enough tears to begin with. A dry eye diagnosis will depend greatly upon the patient history and dry eye symptoms.

Symptoms of dry eye include: irritation, soreness, pain, itching, red eyes, gritty sensation, excess tear production.

Dry eye symptoms are a good reason to schedule an eye exam with your eye doctor, even if it has been less than a year since your last comprehensive eye exam.

What happens during a dry eye exam? There are a number of tests to assess dry eyes. The level of tear production will be examined. The stability of the tear film will be measured. The surface of the eyes will be observed for signs of damage. Eyelid health will be taken into account. Most importantly, to diagnose dry eye syndrome, the optometrist will listen to the patient's description of his or her dry eye experience and history.

Certain medications are known to cause dry eyes as a side effect, and some systemic conditions play a role in the development of dry eyes as well.

Since environmental factors contribute to dry eye symptoms, adding a humidifier to a dry home or setting a timer to remind you to take a break every 20 minutes from computer use, can also help reduce uncomfortable dry eye symptoms.

Protect the eyes from wind and pollution, using wraparound sunglasses, even during the winter.

Make sure your home or office is not too dry due to heating and central air conditioning, or use a humidifier to manage the moisture content in the air.

While using your computer, take a break every 20 minutes to rest your eyes, and - it may sound funny, but - don't forget to blink!

While using a computer, don't forget to blink. Take frequent breaks too. If the environment is dry, perhaps because of a heater during the winter, use a humidifier to add moisture back into the air. Make use of protective eyewear during outdoor activities, especially if it's windy.

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