Many patients experience the stinging, burning, scratchy sensation that is so common with dry eye sufferers. As we get older, our tear production decreases. Many medications can also contribute to dry eye: antihistamines, decongestants, anti-depressants, hormone replacement therapy, diuretics, beta blockers. Many systemic diseases have associated dry eye: thyroid disease, arthritis, and diabetes. Environmental and lifestyle factors also play a role, such as: ceiling fans, prolonged computer use, caffeinated beverages, smoking, outdoor activities.
There are many over-the counter artificial tear products that can provide relief for the occasional dry eye patient: Systane, Systane Ultra, Optive, Genteal, Soothe. But, for those patients who have more persistent symptoms, removable silicone plugs can be inserted in the tear duct openings of the eyelids to help prevent loss of tears. Also, there are some new prescription medications that may be helpful in the management of their dry eye. Restasis, Lotemax, and Freshkote are prescription eye drops that have been successful in the treatment and long-term management of many dry eye patients. Speak with your doctor at Golden Optometric Group to determine the best therapy for your dry eyes.
Prevent Blindess America, and organization dedicated to eye health and safety, points out that for children, “early detection is key to preventing eye problems and diseases and to ensuring healthy vision for life.” They recommend eye examinations at birth, six months, pre-school, regularly throughout the K-12 years, and any time you suspect an eye problem.
For more healthy eye care tips, please visit PreventBlindness.org.
Is your child’s eyesight limiting his or her potential? Vision Council of America found that one in four children has problems with their sight. Since 80% of what children learn is visual, slight vision impairments can interfere with academic and athletic performance, and contribute to low self-esteem. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), routine eye exams are vital for early detection. Many children don’t realize they have vision problems. Their impaired vision seems normal.
School vision screenings don’t reveal all visual difficulties. In fact, the Journal of Behavioral Optometry found that one in ten children who pass a vision screening actually has vision problems.
The AOA recommends eye exams at six months, three and five years, and every 2 years thereafter. Children with visual conditions should follow a schedule recommended by their eye doctor. To learn more about the importance of early detection for children, go to www.thinkaboutyoureyes.com/kids-vision.