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When Does Dry Eye Disease Become a Problem?

It used to be dry eye disease (DED) was only regarded as a medical problem when the patient was female and over 40 years old. Other high risk populations included contact lens wearers and people taking specific medications. Not long ago, people who spend prolonged periods using a computer joined the list of those-at-risk of dry eye syndrome.

Now, we’re facing a whole new reality. In today’s world, almost everyone – from school-aged kids and up – has suffered from some degree of dry eye at some point. In fact, many people believe that red, irritated eyes are the normal, inevitable effects of computer use.

Dry Eye Can Be Prevented

It’s time to debunk the myth that dry eye is unavoidable. When a patient visits their eye doctor, the following issues should be discussed:

  • How many hours a day do you use digital devices?
  • How many monitors do you have? At what angle should monitors be positioned from the face?
  • How long does it take before you feel your contact lenses most days?
  • What medications do you take?
  • Do you have fans installed at home or near your desk at work?

Once the eye doctor better understands you and your lifestyle, the easier it is to intervene, prevent and treat dry eye symptoms. For example, eye doctors can advise you on optimizing the following:

  • Environment: You need an eye health and vision-friendly setting at home, school and work.
  • Diet: We are what we eat, and that includes the eyes! There are many vitamins that benefit the tear film and help prevent high-energy visible light from damaging delicate eye tissues.
  • Hygiene: Regular cleansing of eyelids and responsible makeup removal can help you avoid dry eye disease.
  • Eye exams: Everyone should visit an eye care provider yearly for comprehensive eye exams.

Dry eye disease can strike at any age. When left untreated, it can lead to even more serious problems in the future. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to help prevent, treat and alleviate this painful condition.

At Silicon Valley Eye Physicians, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 408-739-6200 or book an appointment online to see one of our Sunnyvale eye doctors.

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