All about Dry Eye

#๐“๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐๐š๐ฒ๐“๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌโฃ

About 5 years ago, I noticed I was no longer able to wear mascara without looking like a raccoon and couldnโ€™t tolerate wearing contacts. I would blink them out about halfway through the day. I switched to my glasses and moved onโ€ฆ

๐˜ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜บ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ (๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ) ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต. โฃโฃ

In hindsight, this was one of the ways my Sjogrenโ€™s presented. Key symptoms of Sjogrenโ€™s are dry eyes and mouth. That said, dry eye is super common so not all dry eye is Sjogrenโ€™s. Phew! โฃโฃ

๐—ช๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฒ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž?

โฃ-Stinging, burning or scratchy sensation typically in both eyes.

โฃ-Increased mucous around the eyes (a.k.a. eye boogers)โฃ

-Watery eyesโฃ

-Light sensitivityโฃ

-Eye redness

โฃ-Difficulty tolerating contact lenses

โฃ-Trouble with nighttime driving

โฃ-Blurred vision or tired eyes

โฃโฃ๐—ช๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ?

โฃ-Decreased tear production caused by aging, conditions like Sjogrens, medications, laser eye surgery or tear gland damageโฃ

-Increased tear evaporation caused by dry or windy conditions, smoke exposure, blinking less often (like when we watch/read on screens), eyelids not closing all the wayโฃ

-Imbalance in tear composition- due to clogged meibomian glands (sweat glands for your eyes). โฃโฃ

โฃโฃ๐˜๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜บ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ. ๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. โฃโฃ

๐—ช๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ?โฃ

-Take breaks from looking at the screen all day.

โฃ-Use artificial tears. In particular, look for formulations that are preservative-free.

โฃ-Stop smoking and avoid smoke exposure.โฃ

-Minimize air blowing in your eyes from hair dryers, wind, or fans.โฃ

-Add moisture to the air with a humidifier or consider wraparound glasses.

โฃ-Increase your omega-3 fatty acid intake by eating fatty fish (salmon is our favorite), walnuts, and/or taking a supplement. Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega 2x is my go to. โฃ

-Lid scrubs with a gentle cleanser AM and PM can help unclog the meibomian glands. โฃ

-Avoid irritants in the eye area including make up and chemical sunscreens. โฃ

-Wash your hands with soap and water often. We touch our eyes all the time without thinking and this transfers irritants and potential allergens to the eye area. Plus, the antibacterial hand sanitizer stings! โฃ

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