Archive for the ‘Dry Eye’ Category

Eyes Water?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Watery eyes are an annoying symptom commonly caused by allergies or dry eye.

Although the symptom is the same, the cause is very different. With allergies, allergens such as pollen, mold, dander, or dust cause the release of histamine which in turn produces itchy, red, watery eyes.  Dry eye, on the other hand, is caused by poor tear film stability which triggers the eyes to make reflex, watery tears.  Poor tear film stability can be caused by many factors such as advancing age, tear gland problems, systemic disease, and certain medications.

Allergies or dry eye rarely cause serious problems.  The symptoms however can overlap with more serious infections and inflammatory conditions that can seriously affect vision so an examination with your eye doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment is recommended.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Omega 3 For Dry Eye

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Omega-3 for you

Do your eyes itch, burn, or become excessively watery on occasion?  Then you may benefit from omega 3 supplementation.  In a recent study by  Wojtowicz JC and associates, subjects with dry eye were given an omega 3 supplement or placebo for 90 days.  At the end of the study 70% of the subjects receiving the omega 3 supplement no longer had dry eye symptoms vs only 7% of the placebo group.  Schirmer testing and fluorophotometry suggested that the improvement in symptoms were due to increased tear secretion in the subjects that took the omega 3 supplement.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

5 Causes of Dry Eye

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

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If your eyes feel irritated, itch, burn, or are occasionally excessively watery then you may have dry eye syndrome. This post will discuss some of the common causes of dry eye syndrome.

1.  Systemic Diseases

Diabetes and autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, lupus, and thyroid disease are all linked to increased rate of dry eye.

2.  Medications

Allergy medications, blood pressure medications, hormone replacement medications, oral contraceptives and excessive caffeine are all associated with dry eye.

3.  Environmental Factors

Pollutants, low humidity, windy or drafty conditions can be contributing factors.

4. Blepharitis

A bacterial infection of the lashes that can cause inflammation and irritation to the eye lid margin where some of the tear glands are located.

5.  Smoking

Is there anything smoking is good for?

If you would like to learn more about dry eye, then schedule an appointment with us today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.