I told many people that I wanted to become an Optometrist when I was eighteen years old. However, it all happened because I wanted to go see an Optometrist so I can continue to wear contacts lenses. I remember having dry eyes with my first pair of contact lens given by the technician at the Optical. When I first went in to the Optometrist office, I told him I have dry eyes, and he offered a better lens that is still in the market to this day.
I still wear glasses most of the time however. I found out as a student in Optometry that my eyes got very sensitive from studying and staring at the computer. I went into the Optometry school for an eye exam, I was found to slept with my eyes open (lagopthalmos) during stressful times or exam time. People say your weakness sometimes become your biggest strength. It happened to be my dry eyes in this case.
I have since looked for the best contact lens in the market for myself for dry eye, and keep a close eye out for dry eye research and treatment.
For mild dry eyes, changing lifestyle and using non-medical treatments would suffice, for moderate dry eyes, some eye medications or systemic medications might be required, for severe dry eyes, autologus serum or other works might be required.
Wonder if you might have dry eyes?
Check here for some of the risk factors you may have.
Call us or Book An Eye Exam if you checked off one or more of the symptoms.
Dry Eye Assessment
Dry eye is more common as we age, and more so when we work on computer, electronic devices and spend more time reading. Here is what the Optometrist can utilize to assess you for your level of dry eyes and treat appropriately.
Check for lid infections, plugged oil glands or atrophic glands
Check for tear lake, tear production, and tear lens for oil and liquid content.
Check eye solute against water content...
Dry Eye Treament
Dry eye treatments include lifestyle changes, tear supplements, and other lid and eye treatments, and prescription medications.