Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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Got Something In Your Eye? It Could Actually Be Dry Eye #DubaiToday

Do you feel like you’ve been complaining about something being in your eye?

Have you been suffering from red eyes, watery eyes, photo sensitivity, itchiness, blurry vision and discomfort?

Has this been going on for some weeks? 

It could be Dry Eye!

So what is dry eye?

Moorfields Eye Hospital in Dubai defines the condition as thus:

Dry eye is a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface. It is accompanied by increased osmolarity of the tear film and inflammation of the ocular surface.

Apparently 10-30% of the US population has this condition which is also known to be more common in women. It also costs the US economy over AED 14 billion annually.  

What kind of symptoms does Dry eye have?

Irritation
Itchiness
Redness
Foreign body sensation
Stinging
Burning
Photosensitivity
Tearing
Blurry vision
Worsening over the day

Are there risk factors?

YES:

• Age
• Contact lens user (50%)
• Diabetes (50%)
• Glaucoma/OHT (60%)
• Female , post menopause
• Nutritional (Vitamin A deficiency)
• Post infection: Viral conjunctivitis
• Post surgery : Refractive surgery, Corneal surgery, Cataract

There are also Environmental risk factors:

• Air conditioning
• Dry air
• Dust/sand
• Pollution
• Smoke