What is Dry Eye?

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Our eyes are an amazing blessing in our life and it is very important that we take good care of them. Without them we wouldn’t be able to see the beauty of our world. There are many things that can go wrong with our eyes and one condition is called dry eye. Dry eye is a condition where your eye does not produce enough tears to nourish itself. 


There are many symptoms that can indicate if you have dry eyes. These include: your eye stinging and burning, blurred vision especially when reading, your eyes are red or irritated, if there are strings of muscle in or around your eye, and if there is a scratchy feeling in your eye.

If you wear contacts and it is painful to wear them that could mean that you have dry eyes. Most contact wearers experience dry eyes at some point. Also if you have lots of tears in your eyes it could mean that you have dry eyes. Yes this may seem odd that lots of tears lead to dry eyes but your eyes make more tears when they are irritated by dry eye. Other dry eye causes are looking at a screen for a long time, doing other activities that reduces blinking, Entropion, and Belpharitis. Blepharoplasty Provo Surgery can help with Belpharitis.


There is no cure for dry eye but there are many treatment options available for you. Utah Valley Eye Center offers many treatment options to help with your dry eyes. Some of these treatments include: Lubrication drops, a home humidifier, hot compressed eyelid scrub/massage, taking fish oil or flaxseed oil tablets, and punctal plugs can be inserted. Go to Utah Valley Eye Center to get the help you need to make sure that your eyes are doing their job right.

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