Q: How do I know if I have Dry Eye?
A: Dry eye can cause quite a few symptoms, anything from the eyes actually feeling dry to the eyes watering often, or having a burning, itchy, or irritated feeling. One of the most common symptoms is the eyes feeling gritty or like something is in your eye. Most people will often experience blurred vision since the tears, which comprise the outermost surface of the eye, are unstable.
Q: What can I do to prevent dry eyes?
A: Dry eyes are caused by many factors. If you know you have dry eyes, try to pay attention to what makes them feel better or worse. For example, do not blow your hair dryer directly towards your eyes. Add moisture to the air with a humidifier. Use eye protection outdoors like wrap around sunglasses or other protective eyewear. Be mindful of changes in your environment (traveling). Position your computer screen below eye level. Stop smoking and avoid smoky areas. Supplement with lubricating eye drops and Omega 3 (orally).
Q: What causes my eyes to water when I exercise?
A: When our eyes water this is often a sign of dry eyes. If the tear film is off balance, this can cause excessive tearing. The cause of dry eyes is multi-factorial: It is possible you are dehydrated or sometimes it can be the environment you are exercising in. Air from a fan can be drying, or if you are outside exercising that may cause dryness. If your vision also becomes blurred when you are exercising, this may be a sign of a more serious condition. It is important to have a regular examination to ensure your eye are healthy, and we can recommend some dry eye treatments if that appears to be the cause of the excessive tearing.