According to the American Optometrist Association, “Dry eye is a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or have a poor quality of tears. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.” Let’s look at causes, symptoms and potential treatments.
Persistent dryness, scratchiness, red eyes and a burning sensation are common symptoms of dry eyes. Many of us experience these symptoms at some point or other in our lives but certain characteristics such as age, gender and use of medications may make some people more susceptible to dry eye.
- Age– Dry eye is an unfortunate part of the aging process for many people. Seniors over 65 experience dry eyes at some point or another. Persistent and continued problems with dry eye should be looked at by your eye doctor.
- Gender – Due to hormonal changes women tend to experience dry eye more often then men. Menopause seems to be a key time for the initial symptoms to appear in women.
- Medications – Certain medications can reduce the amount of tear production such as: antihistamines, decongestants, blood pressure medications and antidepressants.
There are also environmental factors that may cause dry eye. These include:
- Living in a dry, dusty or windy climate.
- Working or living in an environment with dry air conditioning and or heating.
- Long-term contact lens wear – in fact it is the most common complaint of contact lens users.
- Insufficient blinking, such as when you’re staring at a computer screen all day is also an environmental factor.
Treatment – Depending upon the severity of the dry eye your doctor will try several treatments to reduce the symptoms. One of the primary approaches used to manage and treat mild cases of dry eyes is adding tears using over-the-counter artificial tear solutions. Tear duct plugs are an alternative treatment to help conserve tears. Prescription eye drops that help to increase production of tears can be recommended by your optometrist, as well as omega-3 fatty acid nutritional supplements. Be sure to visit your eye doctor if any of these symptoms occur regularly to discuss an appropriate course of treatment.
Fall foliage is all around us now. We at Independent Eye Care hope Columbus Day gives our patients an extra day to get out and enjoy all the spectacular colors.
Our Danvers and Beverly locations will be open regular business hours on Columbus Day. The Topsfield office will be closed Monday, October 13th due to the last day of the Topsfield Fair
We wish everyone a happy, safe and beautiful holiday weekend!
The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing color, Autumn is here and along with it comes fair season! Essex County is home to America’s oldest fair, The Topsfield Fair which was started in 1818. It is known as the quintessential country fair – traditional agriculture, big entertainment, rides, games, shopping, and of course, great food. It offers something for everyone without being too far from home!
This year the Topsfield Fair runs October 3rd thru 13th.
We will close our Topsfield office on the following days for the fair:
- Saturday Oct 4th
- Saturday Oct 11th
- Monday Oct 13th (Columbus Day)
We hope everyone gets the chance to enjoy this spectacular event and maybe we will SEE you there!
Due to circumstances beyond our control, Independent Eye Care’s Beverly office will be closed temporarily. We sustained severe water damage from an adjoining office within the building. With the Independence Day holiday being next week, the reconstruction process will be further delayed. We hope the repairs will be complete so we can re-open on Monday, July 28th.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. You may contact our Danvers office located @ 164 Sylvan Street 978-774-4500 if you need immediate assistance. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unfortunate situation.
For the month of June, all three locations are offering 50% off all IN STOCK Coach prescription frames and sunglasses.
Stop by to check out our huge selection of Coach glasses. We have everything from petite metal frames to large bold colorful plastics. Whatever your choice of style may be, we have plenty of options for you!
Sports are the leading cause of eye injuries among children 14 and younger. Protective eyewear can help prevent sports injuries. Regular prescription eyeglasses and fashion sunwear do not provide adequate protection and are not held to the same performance standards as eyewear labeled for protective use. Only polycarbonate lenses are recommended for use in protective sports eyewear. The lens in everyday frames could pop out and puncture or cut the eye or the frame itself could cause an injury.
Stop by any one of Independent Eye Care’s three locations and check out our selection of adult and children protective sports eyewear.