Often times I hear people say, “How could I have dry eyes? My eyes water all the time!” If your eyes tear excessively, it may be a sign of dry eyes. As our eyes become dry, our brain gets a signal and tries to help by producing more tears. Unfortunately, it will sometimes cause an overproduction of tears, giving us watery eyes. There may also be other symptoms associated with dry eyes like burning, decreased vision, redness, light sensitivity and the feeling of having something in your eyes all the time.
There are a few reasons why we get dry eyes, but age is a big one. Our tear production decreases as we get older. Health conditions, like autoimmune and thyroid diseases, and medications, like antihistamines and acne treatment, can all cause dry eyes.
Treatment options may include artificial tears or ointments; there are many brands out there to choose from, but the best option is usually a preservative free artificial tear drop if you frequently need to use them. You can treat dry eyes with topical medications and warm compresses over your eyes at bed time. In some cases, tiny punctal plugs can also be fitted into your tear ducts to block drainage. This increases the eye’s tear film and surface moisture to help relieve dry eye. Supplementing with Omega-3 supplements such as salmon and flaxseed oils have been found to be effective, too. To know what the best course of treatment is for your dry eyes, it’s best to consult with your eye doctor.
Our team at Iris Eyecare would be pleased to help select the eye nutrition and prevention solution best suited for your needs. Drop in anytime at 109-693 Hoffman Avenue in Langford.