Dry eye syndrome
Dry eye syndrome is the condition of the eye that causes irritation, redness, and discomfort because of a decrease in tears in the eye.
Computers have become a necessity in today’s life. Most work and studies revolve around computers. Hence, the increase in using computers for studies or work purposes has become the most common cause of dry eyes. It is said that 75 to 90% of those who use computers have some form of vision problems or eye discomfort.
Excess usage of mobile phones or tablets is a major cause as the property of these electronic devices is similar to that of a computer.
Dry eye syndrome can be caused due to the following factors,
Increased usage of computers every day causing
Computer Vision syndrome, which can lead to Dry Eye Syndrome Systemic problems such as
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Parkinson’s disease, Scleroderma, Diabetes, Sjogren's syndrome, Thyroid disorders and vitamin A deficiency. Travelling in an airplane or being in an air-conditioned room for too long.
Riding a bike.
Certain medications that include antihistamines, decongestants, hormone replacement therapy, antidepressants, and drugs for high blood pressure, acne, and birth control
Symptoms of dry eyes related to
, however, these are temporary Laser eye surgery Tear gland damage from inflammation or radiation.
Symptoms Some of the signs and symptoms experienced by patients suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome include the following,
Stinging sensation in the eyes
Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
Sensitivity to light
Redness of the eyes
Sensation of something in the eyes
Difficulty wearing contact lenses
Difficulty driving at night
There are different Treatment options for Dry Eye Syndrome that normally include,
Lifestyle Changes: The doctor might recommend some changes in the patient’s lifestyle, especially while facing the screens of computers, laptops, and other mobile screens, that would include:
Decrease the amount of time spent in front of a computer
Make sure to use computers in a fully lighted room
Blinking eyes helps to prevent dry eyes while using the computer
20-20-20 Rule: This rule states that in every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds
Sit farther than 18-24 inches from the computer screen
Tilting the monitor slightly below the eye level helps reduce eye discomfort
Doctors might recommend eye drops that will help moisturize the eyes
Medications such as antibiotics might also be prescribed to reduce the inflammation of the eyelid.
Medications such as cyclosporine (Restasis) or
might also be prescribed to control cornea inflammation corticosteroids
Other Treatment Options:
Tear simulating medicines
Doctors might also prescribe the use of special contact lenses made especially for dry eyes
Light therapy and eyelid message through a technique called intense-pulsed light therapy will help in treating severe dry eyes.
Unblocking oil glands by using eye masks daily to clear blocked up glands.