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Are you suffering from dry eyes? It is important that you get a thorough eye exam to identify the cause of this uncomfortable condition. At the Waring Eye Institute in Charleston, SC, we provide comprehensive eye exams and the most advanced treatments for a range of eye conditions, including dry eyes.

Causes of Dry Eye

Some people suffer from a condition called “dry eye syndrome.” The cause of the condition must be identified. Some of the common causes for the condition include:

  • Aging
  • Hormonal changes
  • Certain medications
  • Contact lenses
  • Air quality (humidity, cold, wind)
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Inflammation

Dry Eye Symptoms

The uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye (or “dry eyes”) most often affects both of your eyes. You may be experiencing one or several of these symptoms:

  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • A scratchy sensation
  • Light sensitivity
  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Sensation that you have something on your eye
  • Contact lenses are very uncomfortable
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye fatigue
  • Night driving problems

Why Tears Matter for Healthy Eyes

Tears are an important part of eye health and allow for the smooth, comfortable movement of the lids across the eyeball. This lubrication protects the eye structure from inflammation. Made up of a combination of oil, water, and mucus, if any of these three ingredients are reduced or missing, the eyes become dry and irritated.

For well-lubricated eyes, the tear glands and oil glands must be functioning as nature intended. People who have a condition called blepharitis in which the edge of the eyelids are inflamed are prone to develop dry eye. Some other skin disorders can also affect tear production, such as rosacea.

Aging and Dry Eyes

An unfortunate fact of life is that as we age, our tear production becomes less and less. Many people aged 50 and older begin to suffer from dry, irritated eyes. You may have already made a habit of applying commercial eye drops to stay comfortable – but is there a more serious condition? Only a comprehensive eye exam can identify what is causing your dry eye – and we are here to help.

Women and Dry Eye

Women develop dry eyes at a higher rate than men, which is attributed to the hormonal changes of pregnancy, menopause, or the use of birth control pills. If you are one of the many women who are suffering with this condition, it is important that you get your eyes evaluated by a skilled ophthalmologist at the Waring Eye Institute.

The Risks of Untreated Dry Eye

If your eyes are dry, you are at higher risk of developing more serious eye conditions and diseases, including:

  • Eye infections
  • Damaged eye surface, potentially permanent
  • Trouble driving, reading or other life activity

Dry Eyes Treatment: We Serve Myrtle Beach and Columbia

The Waring Eye Institute is the premier eye treatment center in the Charleston area. Dr. George Waring is recognized as a leader in field of ophthalmology and is consistently engaged in the development of better treatments for a range of eye diseases and conditions. He offers his clients the latest advancements in technology, including LipiFlow treatments. We invite you to schedule an eye exam and get the correct treatment for dry eye and ensure there is no other dangerous underlying condition that could more severely impact your vision in the future.

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