Will Dry Eye Syndrome go Away on its Own?
Dry eye syndrome sounds like it’s caused by a lack of hydration, but that may not necessarily be the case. Many people don’t think twice about tears, but they’re vital for ocular wellness. Sure, tears keep everything nice and hydrated, but not only with water.
Tears are a multi-layered natural phenomenon composed of oil, mucus, and, of course, water. Altogether, these components provide productive properties by reducing evaporation, increasing lubrication, and protecting ocular tissues.
But if this mix is off, dry eye syndrome may occur. And if it does, please contact us at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center in Boca Raton, FL, so our board-certified ophthalmologists can improve your health and comfort.
Will dry eye syndrome go away on its own?
No, dry eye syndrome will not go away on its own. Yet, since there is no single cause or risk factor, it may fluctuate in severity or frequency. The great news is that it can be effectively and efficiently treated.
If it’s caused by a certain irritant, a strategy to avoid this trigger could yield great results. Though it all depends on your specific details, as things like allergies or contact lens use can affect dry eye syndrome, which is also influenced by numerous lifestyle factors or conditions, including hormonal imbalances or auto-immune disorders.
In addition to the discomfort caused by dry eye syndrome, ignoring the issue for too long can lead to ocular damage. Tears lubricate the eye for comfort but also for protection. Think of them as a layer of armor for your delicate ocular tissues. This is why it’s crucial to seek help if you’re suffering from dry eye syndrome.
What are the treatment options?
Fortunately, there are multiple treatment strategies. Lifestyle modification may be useful, and it could help to avoid air blowing into your eyes, cigarette smoke, or to take frequent breaks if you spend a significant amount of time looking at screens.
Improving total wellness through proper nutrition could also have an impact, and one should strive to consume omega-3 fatty sources, leafy greens, and other healthful fare.
We can also prescribe artificial tears, which help at the site of dryness and should have you feeling better, less stressed, and more productive. But once we get to know you as a person and patient, it’ll be easier to devise an optimal plan of action.
As an example, the previously mentioned oil is an essential part of tears that reduces the rate of evaporation. This oil is secreted by the meibomian glands, which line the edge of the eyelids. If the meibomian glands aren’t able to do their job, dry eye syndrome may occur. But if your dry eye syndrome is caused by meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), we can unblock these vital glands with the excellent LipiFlow® technology.
The future can be bright (and well-lubricated), so reach out to us today
Tens of millions of individuals in the U.S. suffer from dry eye syndrome, whether due to underlying conditions, lifestyle factors, or other considerations. Regardless of the cause, we’re here to help you achieve the best outcome possible.
Our board-certified ophthalmologists at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center have helped many patients enjoy a better life with dry eye relief. And if you’d like to say goodbye to dry eyes, please reach out to us today or come see us in Boca Raton, FL.