Have you ever experienced itchy, irritated eyes?
Dry Eye is a common complaint, especially among people over the age of 40.
Carla Burbidge has more in this week's Eye on Health.
Dr. Bob Nyre is a long time Minot optometrist and he says one of the most common problems he sees regularly is that of dry eyes.
(Dr. Bob Nyre, Trinity Health) "45-percent of all people over the age of 40 complain of dry eyes. I see minor, to constant pain"
Tears are necessary to lubricate and nourish the eye. And tear production diminishes with age. That just one factor, there are many types of medications that contribute to dry eyes.
(Dr. Bob Nyre, Trinity Health) "Allergy drugs. Blood pressure medications, there are millions of people on those medications"
Dry Eyes are not only a discomfort, they can lead to blurred vision, especially when reading or looking at a computer screen"
An optometrist can treat dry eyes with drops and other medications. To try to help with dry eyes, you should blinking a lot, drink lots of water, wear sunglasses outdoors, increase the humidity in your home, and try fish oil supplements. Dry eyes, a common and often irritating problem. For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge