As mentioned in a previous blog, dry, burning and itchy eyes may be symptoms of Dry Eye Disease (DED). With an estimated 25% of the Canadian population afflicted with the condition1, DED is not only very common, but also quite possibly overlooked.
Dry eyes are a chronic problem that can interfere with everyday life, yet complaints may not be considered serious because the symptoms seem harmless.
However, untreated DED can have serious complications such as an increased sensitivity to light and changes to vision that can result from scratches and abrasions to the cornea (surface of the eye) when the eyes do not have enough protective lubrication.
According to Dr. Penny Asbell, a medical doctor and eye expert, you may want to see an eye expert such as an ophthalmologist or optometrist for your dry eye concerns since they will have the tools and experience to diagnose and treat your DED. In the meantime, you can try artificial tears (eye drops) and resting your eyes when working to alleviate symptoms. However, be aware that not all artificial tears are the same and that you may need to try a few to figure out which one is best for you.
If you’re interested in participating in a DED study please visit the Dry Eye Study Website or call 1-855-85-TRIAL (87425).
1Doughty, M., Fonn, D., Richter, D., Simpson, T., Caffery, B., & Gordon, K. (1997). A patient questionnaire approach to estimating the prevalence of dry eye symptoms in patients presenting to optometric practices across Canada. Optomotry and Vision Science , 624-631