Having dry, itchy eyes is never enjoyable. Sometimes it’s just a temporary issue, but some people suffer from frequent bouts of dry eye that require professional attention. Dr. Daniel J. Tepper and the Wicker Park Eye Center team offer advanced dry eye treatment and tips for prevention and management. These can all go a long way toward combatting redness, itchiness, and discomfort.
We’d like to take a few movements to consider some facts and figures about dry eye. This information should give you a new perceptive about the condition, and a better understanding of what goes into treating the condition. People in the Chicago, IL area can visit our practice for more information on treating dry eye.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), dry eye affects 3.2 million women over the age of 50 and 1.68 million men over the age of 50. Yet the prevalence of dry eye may be even greater than these official numbers.
Some online polls have shown that 48 percent of all people age 18 and over suffer from some symptoms of dry eye in varying degrees. A Gallup poll from 2012 suggests that around 26 million Americans suffer from dry eye in some form.
The most common signs and symptoms of dry eye syndrome include:
It is also possible for your eyes to tear up during a dry eye attack. As antithetical as it sounds, it’s true. While your eyes may produce tears to address irritation, these tears may not remain long enough to give the eyes the moisture they desperately need.
We look at screens a lot in modern life, whether it’s a laptop, a smartphone, or a tablet. When staring at screens for a long period of time, we wind up blinking less frequently. This can result in greater instances of dry eye.
If you look at screens for long periods of time, be sure to look away from the screen periodically for 20 to 30 seconds to rest your eyes. Some people follow a 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, they look away from the screen at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. You’d be surprised by the difference this can make.
Some other common risk factors for dry eye include the following:
If you would like to learn more about treating dry eye and how it can be managed and prevented, be sure to contact our experienced eye doctor and vision specialists. The team at Wicker Park Eye Center is here to help. We look forward to hearing from you.