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What Are Dry Eyelids?

Dry skin on your eyelids isn’t like other dry areas on your body. The sensitive skin around your eye area is much thinner and has less fat underneath it for cushioning. Another difference is that the eyelid skin is highly vasculated with blood vessels, so it’s more prone to irritation and allergic reactions than other parts of the body.

Eyelids contain tiny glands that secrete essential oils into the tears, so maintaining their health and function is vital to ocular comfort.

Treatment will depend on what’s causing your eyelids to become dry. In many cases, a dry eye optometrist can help.

Symptoms Often Related to Dry Eyelids

Eyelids that are dry are often:

  • Scaly and rough
  • Itchy
  • Red
  • Irritated
  • Painful or sore
  • Discolored
  • Swollen

What are the Possible Causes of Dry Eyelids?

Some examples of irritants and allergens that can result in eyelid dryness are:

  • Cosmetics
  • Shampoos and cleansers
  • Certain metals in eyelash curlers
  • Food allergies
  • Pollutants in the air

Medical conditions that may lead to dry eyelids include:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Blepharitis

What You Should Do If You Have Dry Eyelids

If your dry eyelids are accompanied by other symptoms, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your optometrist to rule out underlying health problems.

Mild eyelid dryness can sometimes resolve on its own after making a few lifestyle adjustments. For example, stop using makeup while your eyelids are dry, and try washing your eye area with a mild baby soap twice a day. You can also try using a humidifier while at home or work to replenish the air’s moisture.

Avoid using moisturizers or lotions around the eyes unless directed by your dermatologist or other physicians to do so. You may find relief from using warm, moist eye compresses to help soothe the irritated eyelid skin. Always wash your hands before touching your face or eyes.

If your symptoms are lingering or worsening, a visit to your local dry eye optometrist is warranted.

How a Dry Eye Optometrist Can Help

Dry eyelids are usually no cause for concern and can be treated effectively. If blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) is causing your eyelid dryness, we can provide safe and effective treatment options for long-lasting relief.

A thorough examination of your ocular health and medical history will help determine the root cause of your symptoms and the best treatment plan for your condition.

Whether you have dry eyelids, dry eyes or other uncomfortable ocular symptoms, we can help. To schedule a consultation, call Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center today.

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Digital Eye Strain and Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a condition characterized by chronic eye dryness and reduced quality of the eye’s tear film. Several factors can lead or contribute to dry eye syndrome, including genetics, age, environment, medical conditions and computer use.

Symptoms of dry eye syndrome include:

  • Red eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Irritated eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Painful or stinging eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Mucus around the eyes

Below, we explore what digital eye strain is, how it relates to dry eye syndrome and how a dry eye optometrist can provide relief.

What is Digital Eye Strain?

Digital eye strain, otherwise known as computer vision syndrome, refers to a group of symptoms that affect both vision and ocular health after prolonged use of a digital screen (phone, tablet, computer, television, hand-held video game devices).

Someone with digital eye strain may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Dry eyes
  • Strained eyes

Digital eye strain is often caused by one or a combination of several factors:

  • A poorly lit environment
  • Poor posture while using a digital device
  • Uncorrected vision or eye problems
  • Glare from the screen
  • Holding the screen too close to the eyes or at an incorrect angle
  • Blue light emissions
  • 2 or more hours of continuous screen usage

How Does Digital Eye Strain Contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a rise in cases of dry eye syndrome in places where stay-at-home orders were mandated. This phenomenon led researchers to pinpoint the link between dry eye syndrome and prolonged screen use.

Blue Light Exposure

Blue light is emitted by the sun, indoor lighting and digital devices with screens.

While the amount of energy blue light these devices emit is only a fraction of that in sunlight, many eye doctors are increasingly concerned by the amount of time people spend using these devices and the proximity of these screens to the user’s face.

A 2019 study involving primary human corneal cells in the BMJ Open Ophthalmology found that certain levels of blue light damaged the cells on the eye’s surface, potentially contributing to dry eye syndrome.

However, more research is needed to determine whether the amount of blue light used in studies can harm a person’s eyes.

Another study published in the PLOS One (2016) journal concluded that wearing blue light blocking glasses improved the visual impairment caused by tear instability in patients with dry eye syndrome.

Infrequent Blinking

Another reason screen use can lead to dry eyes is insufficient blinking. People tend to blink less when focusing on text or images on a digital screen, with the blink rate dropping by 66% when using a computer.

Blinking helps keep our eyes healthy and comfortable. With every blink, the ocular surface is cleaned of debris and lubricated, so less blinking means more irritation and dryness.

In 2018, researchers from the Northern Clinics of Istanbul conducted a small-scale study involving 30 people who spent 8 hours on the computer per day, and 30 people who spent 1 hour on the computer per day. They found that the prolonged use of a computer significantly increased the risk of developing evaporative-type dry eye syndrome due to the reduced blink rate.

Incomplete Blinking

An incomplete blink is when the top and bottom eyelids don’t meet during a blink, leaving some of the eye’s surface exposed. This can reduce the quality of the lipid layer in the tear film and eventually lead to dry eye syndrome.

Research published by the American Optometric Association (2014) found that people are significantly more prone to incomplete blinking when reading on a computer screen than when reading from a hard copy.

How To Find Relief From Digital Eye Strain and Dry Eyes

The good news is that there are steps you can take to alleviate some eye discomfort when using a digital device.

  • Ask your eye doctor whether blue light blocking glasses can help.
  • Make a conscious effort to blink frequently and completely.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule — when using a digital device, take a break every 20 minutes to focus on an object that’s at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Reposition your monitor or device to reduce glare, or use a glare filter.
  • Adjust your body so that no muscles or joints are strained
  • Speak with your dry eye optometrist about a personalized treatment plan for long-lasting relief.

Limiting daily screen time may be unrealistic for some people, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with symptoms of dry eye syndrome. If you or a loved one suffer from dry eyes, we can help.

Call Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center to schedule your dry eye consultation today!

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Ocular Rosacea and Dry Eye

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects the face, and of them, more than 50% will experience eye-related symptoms. While there is a lot of research out there on ocular rosacea, a cure remains elusive. Fortunately, your eye doctor can help you manage your symptoms through medication and offer guidance on how to best manage this condition.

What is Ocular Rosacea?

Ocular rosacea is a common inflammatory eye condition that causes redness, itching, and burning sensations around the eyes in many people who have rosacea. The primary parts of the eyes that are affected are the eyelids, conjunctiva, and occasionally the cornea.

What Are the Symptoms of Ocular Rosacea?

Signs and symptoms of ocular rosacea are similar to dry eye. Those with the condition may experience:

  • Burning, red, itchy, or watery eyes
  • Grittiness or the feeling of having a foreign body in one or both eyes
  • Red, swollen eyelids
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Recurrent eye or eyelid infections, such as blepharitis, pink eye (conjunctivitis), chalazia or styes
  • Dilated small blood vessels on the sclera (the white part of the eye)

What Causes Ocular Rosacea?

The exact cause of ocular rosacea is unknown, but researchers have found that 85% of people with the condition have blocked oil glands around the edges of their eyelids. When these glands are blocked they cause dryness and the area around them can get irritated and swollen. This can lead to crust in your eyelashes and itching and redness in your eyes.

Other potential triggers:

  • Bacterial involvement
  • Blocked glands in the eyelids
  • Environmental factors
  • Eyelash mites
  • Heredity

There are also a number of things that can aggravate ocular rosacea, including alcohol consumption, hot baths and saunas, hot or spicy foods and beverages, strenuous exercise, stress, sunlight, wind, and extreme temperatures.

Is There Treatment For Ocular Rosacea?

Ocular rosacea can usually be controlled with home eye care and medication, but these don’t actually cure the condition.

Treatment may include applying a warm moist compress to your eyelids. Your eye doctor might recommend antibiotics, prescribe eye drops, or ointments with steroids to help with your symptoms.

In rare circumstances, left untreated, severe ocular rosacea can damage your cornea or scar your eyelid. Both can affect your vision.

To help prevent flare-ups:

  • Gently wash your eyelids at least twice a day with warm water or a product your doctor recommends. This will keep your eyelids clean.
  • Avoid makeup. If your eyes are inflamed, makeup can irritate them. If you do decide to wear makeup when they aren’t inflamed, choose types that are non-oily and free of fragrance.
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses during flare-ups.
  • Avoid things that trigger or worsen your ocular rosacea. Items that tend to dilate blood vessels in the face include alcoholic beverages and hot, spicy foods.

To learn more about ocular rosacea and dry eye, contact Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center. We can help you prevent flare-ups and treat your ocular rosacea-induced dry eye.

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Electronic Devices And Dry Eye

Nowadays, screen usage has become a normal part of most people’s daily routine. Whether you use a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other devices, the time you spend focusing on a screen can often be felt in your eyes.

Dry eye syndrome (DES) is an eye condition characterized by dry, uncomfortable, red, itchy eyes, and can be caused by several factors: poor quality tears, insufficient tears, allergies, environmental irritants, and spending excessive time staring at a screen. Left untreated, DES can cause corneal damage and scarring, and sometimes permanent vision loss.

If you think you have DES or are experiencing any of its symptoms, our Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center optometric team can help.

How Using Electronic Devices Can Lead To Dry Eye Syndrome

Several studies have linked digital screen usage to symptoms of DES. While research is ongoing, it’s already known that the following factors all play a role.

Reduced Blink Rate

smart devices and dry eye 640Our blink rate is reduced by 66% when staring at a digital device’s screen. This finding is significant because blinking less frequently increases the risk of developing dry eye syndrome.

Blinking is a major component in keeping the eyes feeling fresh and healthy. With every blink, the eye’s tear film is replenished and spread evenly across the eye’s surface. When that happens at a reduced rate, symptoms of DES can develop.

Even if you blink often enough, you may not be fully blinking, leaving a tiny gap between the upper and lower eyelids upon closure. This tiny gap causes a ‘dry spot’ on your cornea, which does not receive any replenished fresh tears and can compromise your eye comfort. So make sure that you fully shut your lids when you blink.

Recent studies have shown that incorporating a blinking exercise into your daily routine can reduce your DES symptoms. Consider setting up reminder that pops up on your screen every few minutes.

Reduced Tear Stability

A stable tear film keeps the eyes feeling comfortable and functioning optimally.

Mucin 5AC, a protein, is an essential component of a healthy tear film that helps the watery portion of the tears cling to the surface of the eye. A study in Japan found that employees who spent the most time in front of screens (7 or more hours per day) had the lowest amount of mucin 5AC in their tears. This led them to complained of DES symptoms, like itchiness and irritation.

The employees who endured the least amount of screen time from the group (less than 5 hours per day) had higher amounts of mucin 5AC in their tears, similar to those without DES.

Higher Rate of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

The meibomian glands are the tiny glands that line the lid margin and secrete essential oils onto our tears. When these glands don’t function properly, an eye condition known as meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) occurs.

MGD is an umbrella term for gland complications that can lead to an altered tear film composition, ocular and eyelid discomfort, evaporative dry eye, and ocular surface disease.

Studies have shown that people who spend 4 or more hours staring at a screen have higher incidences of MGD and DES symptoms.

So, What Can You Do To Protect Your Eyes?

Here are a few tips that may help you combat symptoms of DES when using a digital device:

  • Take frequent blink breaks
  • Use a cool-mist humidifier near your work station
  • Avoid having a fan or air conditioner blow air directly into your face
  • Stay hydrated with water, fresh fruit or vegetable juices, milk or soups
  • Eat water-based dairy foods such as yogurts, smoothies, and oatmeal
  • Use artificial tears or prescription eye drops if necessary

The most important thing you can do for your eyes is to visit a dry eye optometrist. At Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center, we know how uncomfortable and even debilitating DES can be — and we’re here to help.

An eye doctor with specialized training and knowledge of DES can diagnose and treat the underlying cause of your condition and provide a range of effective, life-changing options.

To schedule your appointment and find the relief you need, call Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center in Tupelo today.

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Meibography Can Ensure Better Diagnosis for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Dry eye is a common ocular condition that can occur for a variety of reasons. A leading cause of dry eye, however, is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD); it affects the essential oil layer of the eye’s tear film, causing tears to evaporate too quickly.

In fact, more than 85% of patients who visit their eye doctor due to dry eye symptoms are diagnosed with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. MGD is a chronic condition that, when left untreated, can worsen overtime.

For optimal treatment, you first need to be properly diagnosed. Meibography is a non-invasive screening tool that accurately diagnoses MGD and enables your eye doctor to provide effective treatment to relieve dry eye symptoms.

What Is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)?

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Meibomian glands are located in both your upper and lower eyelids, where they produce complex oily fluid that stabilizes the tear film and slows the evaporation of your tears. This allows the tears to keep your cornea well lubricated for comfortable and clear vision.

When the meibomian glands are either blocked or don’t function optimally, the lipid (fatty) layer of your tear film isn’t rich enough to keep your eyes moist. This causes a rapid evaporation of tears and results in friction between the cornea and eyelids.

Diagnosing Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

If your eyes feel itchy and scratchy, you may have dry eye disease. Visit Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center, who will perform a thorough clinical exam using a meibography device that utilizes high-definition imaging technology. This allows your eye doctor to view the health of your meibomian glands with optimum accuracy. The screening process is quick, efficient, non-invasive and absolutely painless.

How Does Meibography Work?

A meibography visualizes the morphology of the meibomian glands through a series of high-definition digital images. The images allow the eye doctor to observe the architecture of the glands by revealing the gland size, structure, and any structural abnormalities.

Diagnosing MGD with certainty and clarity allows the eye doctor to prescribe the most appropriate treatment to alleviate your painful symptoms.

Can Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Be Treated?

Yes. After diagnosis, your eye doctor will choose from a variety of treatments available.

The earlier MGD is detected, the better. If not treated early on, it can cause corneal damage and even vision loss. If you feel eye irritation and suspect you have MGD, contact Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center today to schedule your appointment.

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What Is Lagophthalmos?

Lagophthalmos refers to the incomplete closure of the eyelids and can produce symptoms similar to dry eye syndrome, such as dry, itchy, watery eyes. In extreme cases, it can cause corneal ulcers.

There are several types of lagophthalmos, ranging from mild to severe. Common symptoms include:

  • Increased tearing
  • Dryness
  • Irritation
  • The sensation that something is stuck in the eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye pain, especially in the morning

A visit with Our team of eye care professionals can determine if lagophthalmos is causing or contributing to your dry eye symptoms.

Types of Lagophthalmos

grayscale photo of woman covering her face by her handBlink Lagophthalmos

When the eyelids don’t fully close during a blink, this is called “blink lagophthalmos.” Blinking keeps the eyes lubricated by spreading the tear film evenly along the eyes’ surface. An incomplete blink can lead to dry spots on the eye and other uncomfortable dry eye symptoms. Colliding eyelashes or tasks that require a high level of focus (such as working on a computer) can contribute to blink lagophthalmos.

Nocturnal Lagophthalmos

Nocturnal lagophthalmos occurs during sleep, so people with this condition may be unaware they have it. One common cause of this type of lagophthalmos is a decrease in fatty tissue behind the eyeball. Less cushioning causes the eye to sink further into the socket, making it more difficult for the lids to completely close. The fatty tissue can deteriorate for several reasons, including the presence of an autoimmune disease.

Paralytic Lagophthalmos

Paralytic lagophthalmos results from a paralyzed cranial nerve, thus preventing the eyelids from complete closure. Paralysis of the seventh cranial nerve can be caused by Bell’s palsy, tumors, or trauma.

Iatrogenic lagophthalmos

This is when the eyes can’t fully close due to medical treatment.

How Your Eye Doctor Can Help

There are several ways to treat lagophthalmos, and sometimes surgery may be necessary. It’s best to first visit Our team of eye care professionals to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms and try the least invasive and safest treatments before resorting to surgery. If left untreated, lagophthalmos can result in corneal damage.

If you’re experiencing dry eye symptoms of any kind, an eye exam at Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center can help determine the underlying condition so that a tailor-made treatment plan can provide long-lasting relief. Dry eye relief extends far beyond the options available at your local drugstore. The friendly staff at Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center make it their mission to provide the highest quality care for their patients. Get the relief you seek — book your appointment today.

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Waking Up With Dry Eyes

Many dry eye sufferers experience a flare-up at night, either late in the evening or during the night. Waking up with dry eyes can adversely affect the positive feelings gained from a good night’s sleep.

Why do some people experience worsening symptoms at night? If your eyes feel sandy, dry, or as if they’re burning in the morning, it can be due to several factors. Perhaps your eyelids don’t fully close while you sleep (nocturnal lagophthalmos), or the symptoms are a side effect of certain medications that you take. Another possibility is that you’re not producing sufficient tears at night to flush out irritants. If you’re experiencing any of the above, speak with Our team of eye care professionals today.

What Causes Red, Itchy or Painful Eyes Upon Waking?

Nocturnal Lagophthalmos

Ordinarily, during sleep your eyelids provide vital protection from air and debris that can irritate or damage the cornea. Nocturnal lagophthalmos is the inability to close your eyelids during sleep, usually due to a problem with the skin or muscles around your eyes. If left untreated, this condition can result in corneal scarring, eye infections, and impaired vision.

Insufficient Tear Production At Night

If you aren’t producing enough tears at night, you will be unable to flush inflammation-causing substances from your eyes while you sleep.

Tear production tends to diminish with age, due to some medical conditions or as a side effect of specific medicines. Environmental conditions, such as windy and dry climates, can also cause your tear volume to diminish due to increased tear evaporation.

Damaged eyelids can make it difficult to fully close the eyes during sleep. Complications from surgery, an injury, an illness, or an eye disorder, including glaucoma and optic neuropathy, can cause eyelid damage.

Thyroid-Related Eye Symptoms

Protruding or bulging eyes are a common symptom of Graves’ disease, a form of hyperthyroidism. This can interfere with your ability to close your eyes while sleeping.

Medication Taken at Bedtime

Certain medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, may cause dry eyes while you sleep. These include:

  • Antihistamines and Decongestants
  • Hypertension Drugs
  • Hormones
  • Drugs for Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Pain Relievers
  • Antidepressants
  • Skin Medications
  • Chemotherapy Medications
  • Antipsychotic Medications

If you are taking any of the medications listed above and are experiencing dry eye symptoms, speak with Our team of eye care professionals to see whether there are alternative treatments less likely to cause dry eye.

In the majority of cases, medication-related dry eye symptoms will resolve once the medication is discontinued. However, it may take several weeks or months for symptoms to completely disappear.

How to Treat Morning Dry Eye

Depending on the cause, morning dry eye can be treated with sleeping masks, lubricating eye drops, eyelid weights, and ointment applied right before bed. Using a humidifier will ensure that you sleep in a moisture-rich environment that is less likely to dry out your eyes. In those with severe cases of nocturnal lagophthalmos, eyelid surgery may be necessary.

The best way to determine the cause of your morning dry eyes is to visit Our team of eye care professionals for a comprehensive eye exam. Be sure to bring along a list of all medications and nutritional supplements you routinely take, as it will help us determine whether there is any causation, and provide you with a more effective treatment plan.

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Dry Eye After LASIK

Many individuals with refractive errors like nearsightedness choose LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery to correct their vision due to its safety and effectiveness. But dry eyes are a remarkably common after-effect of LASIK surgery, affecting up to 95% of patients who’ve undergone this procedure. In fact, dry eye symptoms are the primary reason for patient dissatisfaction after LASIK. Although symptoms of dry eye syndrome (DES) most commonly occur in the immediate postoperative phase and are generally only temporary in nature, some individuals develop chronic and severe DES that can negatively impact their quality of life.

twin femalesWhat Is DES?

Dry eye syndrome is a multifactorial condition that is characterized by a chronic lack of ocular lubrication, which can be caused by poor quality tears, insufficient tears, pollution, allergies, or irritants.

Some symptoms of DES include, but are not limited to:

  • Redness
  • A feeling of dryness or irritation
  • Grittiness – the sensation that something is stuck in the eye
  • Fatigued eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Watery eyes
  • Photophobia (light sensitivity)

To learn more about DES, visit our main Dry Eye page.

How Can LASIK Lead To Dry Eye?

During the LASIK procedure, some of the cornea’s nerves are cut, leading to reduced corneal sensitivity. The eye may respond to the decreased sensitivity by not sensing the need for lubrication, thereby producing fewer tears. This reduction in tear production is usually the culprit in post-LASIK DES.

LASIK surgeons are now aware that healthy tears promote healing following surgery. For this reason they perform certain screening tests prior to the procedure to ensure that DES will not significantly interfere with the outcome of LASIK.

What Are Risk Factors For Post-LASIK Dry Eye?

The following conditions increase a person’s risk of developing DES after undergoing LASIK surgery:

  • Having a high degree of myopia
  • Being above the age of 50
  • Being a female, especially post-menopausal
  • Having an autoimmune disease, such as Sjorgen’s syndrome
  • Living in a dry climate

How We Can Help Manage Your Symptoms

If you’ve undergone LASIK or are considering it for the future, know that we are here to help treat your DES symptoms, should any arise? At Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center, we provide dry eye relief to many patients who’ve had refractive surgeries and have helped make the healing process more comfortable. You don’t have to live with the discomfort of dry eye syndrome — speak with Our team of eye care professionals about finding long-lasting relief.

Our practice serves patients from Tupelo, New Albany, Saltillo, and Fulton, Mississippi and surrounding communities.

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Dry Eyes As We Age

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Dry Eyes As We Age

Some say that with age comes wisdom, confidence, and kindness. A slightly less pleasant aspect of reaching the golden years is the heightened risk of developing ocular conditions such as dry eye syndrome (DES).

While aging is inevitable, fortunately, dry eye syndrome is not. We can help manage symptoms with the latest dry eye treatments to ensure that your eyes stay feeling fresh and clear of any irritation.

What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a common, yet treatable, eye condition where the eyes aren’t sufficiently lubricated. This leads to a host of uncomfortable symptoms, listed below. The severity of DES symptoms can range from mildly bothersome to incapacitating.

What Are Dry Eye Symptoms?

Some symptoms of DES include:

  • Eye redness
  • A stinging or burning sensation in the eyes
  • Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Watery eyes
  • A gritty feeling, similar to having something in your eyes

If you experience any of the above symptoms, schedule an eye exam with Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center to determine the root cause of your dry eye and receive the relief you need.

What Causes Dry Eye?

DES can be caused by many factors, including pollution and dry air, allergies, poor tear quality, or insufficient tears. Healthy tears are made up of a combination of 3 layers: water, mucus, and oil. Any imbalance in this precise cocktail can result in DES.

elder woman using smartphoneHow Does Aging Engender Dry Eye?

The process of tear production slows as we age. If the lacrimal glands produce fewer tears, the quantity of your tears decreases. In addition to diminished quantity, problems with tear quality can result in a reduced production of oil and mucus.

Furthermore, certain medications can also pose a higher risk of DES for patients, especially those over the age of 50, when medications are more commonly prescribed. Frequently prescribed medications like antihistamines and blood pressure tablets can cause or exacerbate dry eye symptoms.

Several medical conditions and chronic diseases, including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson’s disease, are more prevalent in people over the age of 50, and are known to cause DES in many patients.

How Are Dry Eyes Treated?

If you suspect you may have DES, know that the symptoms can be minimized or completely eliminated. Many people assume that over-the-counter remedies, such as lubricating eye drops, are the end of the line for DES treatment when this isn’t the case. At Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center, we know that DES can cause severe discomfort, and we’re here to help.

If your dry eye symptoms remain after trying over-the-counter lubricants, then Our team of eye care professionals can provide a more comprehensive examination and discuss with you some more effective treatments than those available at the local drugstore.

With aging comes wisdom, and with wisdom comes booking your next eye exam at Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center. Don’t let dry eye symptoms reduce your quality of life — let us help you find relief.

Our practice serves patients from Tupelo, New Albany, Saltillo, and Fulton, Mississippi and surrounding communities.

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Gritty Eyes

That irritating sensation of having sand in your eye can be unbearable. Many of our patients describe it as having a tiny fleck of sand in the eye that doesn’t go away, resulting in a scratchy, rough sensation. If you experience that gritty, irritated sensation for extended periods of time, you may have an underlying eye condition, either dry eye syndrome, Blepharitis, Sjogren’s syndrome, or a number of other possible eye conditions. We will examine your eyes and determine the cause of the grittiness in order to provide you with the most appropriate treatment.

What Causes Gritty Eyes?

As mentioned above, gritty eyes can be caused by a number of eye conditions and diseases, such as Dry Eye Syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome, Blepharitis, or sunburned eyes.

Dry Eye Syndrome (DES)

Dry eye is the most common cause of gritty eyes. A decreased production or quality of tears can cause the eyes to become dry, itchy, and uncomfortable. At times the eyes can even become very watery.

Our tears are composed of 3 components: water, oil, and mucus. You need all three in a perfect balance for healthy tear production. Dry eyes can result when one or more of these components are deficient or out of balance.

Why does DES cause watery eyes? A common form of Dry Eye Syndrome is insufficient oil in your tears, which causes the tears to run down your cheek. The glands that produce oil are called the meibomian glands. These are located inside your eyelids, and their tiny pores supply the essential oils. These glands can become blocked due to inflammation, allergies or pollution.

Other dry eye causes include refractive surgery (i.e. LASIK), aging, hormonal changes, or certain medications.

eyes behind the leafSjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that causes damage to the glands responsible for keeping the eyes, mouth and other parts of the body moist and lubricated. Therefore, it is no surprise that dry eyes are a distinctive feature of Sjogren’s syndrome. Other symptoms may include red eyes, contact lens discomfort, blurred vision, a gritty or burning sensation, light sensitivity, dry mouth, fatigue, and joint pain.

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an eye condition caused by a skin disorder or a bacterial infection of the eyelids. A patient with Blepharitis typically experiences swollen eyelids, and red, irritated and itchy eyes. Grittiness is a very common symptom found in those with Blepharitis. This condition is now easily treated, thanks to a range of medication and treatment options.

Sunburned Eyes

Did you know that your eyes can get sunburned? When the eyes are over-exposed to UV radiation, the cornea at the front of the eye can develop a sunburn. The first sign of a sunburned eye is when the sclera, the white part of the eye, appears bloodshot. You may notice a sudden sensitivity to light, soreness, blurred vision and feel that gritty sensation in your eyes.

How to Treat Gritty Eyes

The key to treating gritty eyes begins with understanding its cause.

If it’s caused by dry eyes, Our team of eye care professionals may recommend using artificial tears, which lubricate the eyes to relieve the gritty, itchy feeling. Prescription eye drops may be another option, as they increase the eye’s natural tear production. In certain cases, the doctor may prescribe steroids for short-term symptom relief.

If your gritty eye sensation is caused by a mild form Blepharitis, a simple way to alleviate the uncomfortable feeling is to keep your eyelids perpetually clean. Routinely use a warm compress to soften the buildup of crustiness on the eyelids and then gently wash away any eye crust formations. For most cases of Blepharitis, a more effective treatment is now available known as BlephEx. We may also suggest several BlephEx procedures, which effectively clean the eyelids of any bacterial buildup.

For those with sunburned eyes, eye drops provide relief by moisturizing the eye and soothing the burn with the lubricating formula. In more severe cases, anti-inflammatory drops may be prescribed. The gritty feeling from the sunburn often fades on its own within a few days. If you find that the grittiness and discomfort last for more than 2 days, contact Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center immediately.

If you are experiencing gritty eyes and can’t seem to find relief from the discomfort, get in touch and Wesson and Mothershed Dry Eye Center will set up a consultation with Our team of eye care professionals to discuss the specifics of your case. Our mission is to ensure that you enjoy long-term clear and pain-free vision.

Our practice serves patients from Tupelo, New Albany, Saltillo, and Fulton, Mississippi and surrounding communities.
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