Many people suffer from vision issues for a variety of reasons. Vision issues can be at best uncomfortable and a nuisance, or at worst debilitating and reduce your quality of life. One of the most common causes of vision issues such as blurry vision, eye strain, and itchy eyes is dry eye syndrome. Although it seems simple, there are many reasons why dry eyes might be a problem. At Reeve-Woods Eye Center in Chico, we make it our mission to treat vision issues like dry eyes, to restore your eye health.
What are Dry Eyes?
Dry eyes are exactly what they sound like, eyes without proper lubrication, which can lead to the following symptoms:
- Red eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Pain in the eyes
- Stinging sensation
- Scratching sensation
- Light sensitivity
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
- Blurry vision
- Eye fatigue
Your eyes may fail to lubricate themselves by not producing tears or by producing low-quality tears. This can happen for several different reasons.
The Causes of Dry Eyes
Computer Vision Syndrome: Staring at a phone or computer screen for a long time can have negative effects on your vision. Besides blurry vision, inability to focus, and eye strain, dry eyes can also cause pain after staring for hours at a screen. People don't blink as much while looking at a computer screen. A quick tip for dealing with computer vision syndrome involves the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and stare at something 20 feet away.
Seasonal Allergies: Another common cause of dry eyes is allergies such as dust or pollen. Dry eyes can get worse or better indoors or outdoors, or occur in certain places like air-conditioned rooms.
Surgery: Getting LASIK surgery is a great option for people looking to correct their vision issues. However, dry eyes can be a side effect of the surgery.
Other causes of dry eyes include aging, certain medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, vitamin A deficiency, hormone replacement therapy, certain medications, and more.
Contact Our Ophthalmologists in Chico, CA
Our trained ophthalmologists at Reeve-Woods Eye Center will diagnose your dry eyes and create an appropriate treatment plan. We can provide eye drops, lifestyle changes, eye inserts, and even surgical procedures to remedy your dry eye syndrome. Call our team today at (530) 899-2244 to schedule an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists.