15 Dry Eye Symptoms and Risk Factors You Need To Know


In today’s Dry Eye Show we are going over
dry eye symptoms and risk factors I’m Dr. Travis Zigler and I’m Dr. Jenna
Zigler in the next ten minutes you are going to learn all about your dry eye
symptoms why they are occurring and risk factors for dry eye so if you are serious
about getting rid of your dry eye for good make sure you head to www.dryeyebook.com to get our book Rethinking Dry Eye Treatment it’s free we cover the book
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out today www.dryeyebook.com what are your worst symptoms of dry eye we want
to know so let us know in the comments below and then let’s talk about the tear
film first to really get an understanding of why you are suffering
from dry eye and so let’s go over the the tear film is actually made of three layers first an oily or lipid layer and
this layer is made by meibomian glands the meibomian glands can
have all sorts of problems they can get backed up with stagnant oil and
cause meibomian gland dysfunction and blepharitis so they are really important
because with that oily layer it helps to decrease the evaporation of the rest of your tears the middle layer is the watery layer or the
aqueous layer and this layer is produced by the lacrimal glands these lacrimal
glands can be affected by many things one of them is aging another one is
Sjogren’s syndrome that’s a really big one but aqueous layer is truly the
largest portion of your tears and it’s just the salty watery layer of your tears the third one is the mucous layer or
the mucin layer now this one is produced by goblet cells in your conjunctiva and
it really helps those tears stick onto the surface of your eye so all of these
three layers are incredibly important for the functioning of your tears as
well as blinking and everything like that also comes into play so next
what are some of the symptoms of dry eye before I jump into the symptoms that we
have listed in the blog post that we wrote you can find that in the
description or in the comments below I’m going to jump over to some
live comments that we have of people we asked you to comment below what your
symptoms of dry eye are so make sure you put that in the comments below
we’re going to jump over to some live ones let’s see watery swollen eyelids blurry itchy etc all of it
Rosalie says Lee says my main is a lack of lipids Cheryl says hello and then sue
says always watery yes that’s very common and then burning and light
sensitivity Donna says extremely dry and gritty feeling Nina says dry eye include red eye itchy
and uncomfortable redness says Carey light sensitivity redness burning says
Brittany Genesis says redness Marilyn says dry and gritty burning with
light sensitivity says Susan so lots of very similar symptoms that I’m going to
mention so symptoms of dry eye include dryness, itchiness, scratchiness, stinging,
burning, redness, pain, watery eyes We will go into that a little bit things in your
eye are form body sensation stringy eye discharge that seems
like mucus, sensitivity to light discomfort when wearing contact lenses,
difficulty driving at night, and eye fatigue. I want to jump in too watery
just a little bit and we’ll go into this actually a little bit later too so
watery occurs because you’re outside the lipid layer is not fully formed and
therefore your tears are evaporating and when your tears
evaporate it feels like there’s something in your eye and your brain
tells you to water more and so you create more watery layer which is the
middle layer so we actually need to get the outer layer intact more yeah that’s
what’s causing the watery I hope that explained that but she’s going to explain
it a little bit more later so make sure you click the share button to share this
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sure you let us know in the comments what your worst symptoms of dry eye are
so what are some risk factors for dry eye one of the main risk factors can
be another health condition especially chronic health conditions that you’re
going through such as Sjogren’s syndrome or other autoimmune conditions your body
makes antibodies to fight an infection and sometimes those antibodies can
actually attack things like your lacrimal gland or your salivary gland
like they do in Sjogren’s syndrome that is why you experience the dry eyes and the dry mouth but all of these types of
conditions these autoimmune conditions really the number one thing you need to
do is treat that condition so that you can treat your dry eye or treat the
inflammation so that you can treat your dry eye because that’s what is really causing dry eye it might be a couple other different
factors as well but if that’s the main thing that’s your reason for dry eye
then that’s where you need to start that’s inflammation focusing on
inflammation that’s what we address in this book is decreasing your overall
body inflammation and so if you decrease your body inflammation you’re going to
decrease your eye inflammation which is going to decrease your dry eye so next
risk factor is I guess I’m talking about it eyes generating more quality tears which is what I was just talking about a
little earlier so the outer lipid layer is not fully intact so your oily layer
of your tear prevents the evaporation of your tears and so if this is not intact
from diseases like blepharitis blepharitis is an inflammation of your
eyelids and so if your eyelids are inflamed they’re going to cause a
dysfunction of your meibomian glands meibomian glands produce and release oil from your eyelids and push
it out onto your eye every time you blink and so that oily layer brings the
tears together and holds them together and if you don’t have that oil layer the
tears break up and when they break up your eyes are going to feel like there’s
something in it and then that’s going to create watery eyes and so this is where
eyelid hygiene comes into such play we always bring up eyelid hygiene as being
one of your first treatment things for dry eye and this is the reason other
than like our hydration and everything that we talked about but eyelid hygiene
warm compresses to help break up the oil that’s hardened helps make that oil from
takes it from a thick toothpaste type consistency all the way down to like an
olive oil consistency and then you do an eyelid massage and then you clean
it with some some lid hygiene like our hypochlorous acid cleanser Heyedrate Lid and
Lash Cleanser or a lid scrub and then like our tea tree soap so wash your face
with tea tree soap wash your eyelids after you dry spray the hypochlorous
acid on rub it in let it sit so eyelid hygiene is so important for poor quality
tears because of blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction
definitely so the third risk factor for dry eyes is medications there are so
many different medications that can cause dry eyes as a symptom
antihistamines decongestants antidepressants HRT or hormone
replacement therapy medications for high blood pressure medications for anxiety
and depression and Parkinson’s Accutane and those are actually ones that can affect how your tears are produced but
Accutane is an interesting one because it actually can destroy your meibomian
glands so it can cause them to completely atrophy and a lot of the time
you can’t get that back this is something where medications are
so important to look at what you’re taking on a daily basis and if you are
taking one of these medications then you want to discuss it with your doctor
because if you’re having incredibly painful dry eyes from it then maybe it’s
something where there’s a different medication that you could take or
something like that and you can just discuss this with your doctor and we
always encourage that before just stopping it yourself please don’t do
that so click the share button if you find this video helpful and share it
with somebody who you think might benefit and also let us know in the
comments below what your worst symptom of dry eye is then head to www.dryeyebook.com get our book and rethink your dry eye treatments so exposure to wind, smoke,
and dry air windy days are going to be worse for you because wind causes more
evaporation similar to if you have a fan by your bedside if you live in a
desert if you live in an area that’s cold in the winter and so that’s going
to be drier as well and so just kept trying to avoid those environments is
key and then having a humidifier at home by your bed when you sleep if
it’s winter or a desert or something and then if you smoke stop and then if
you’re around smoke get away from it that includes smoking cigarettes cigars
and then that includes fire smoke too if you’re around smoke a lot
it’s going to cause the irritation which is going to cause more dry eye as well
camping and things like that it’s getting to be summertime so the fifth
one I believe is when you’re always on your computer this is us for sure because we work from home we work on our computers
absolutely all day long and it can be really awful for dry eyes so the reason
for this is because when you’re looking at a computer or you’re reading for a
long period you actually blink less than what you normally would so normal blink
rate is around 10 blinks a minute or so and you actually blink closer to 4
blinks a minute when you’re on a computer or when you’re reading which is
huge you do need to give yourself breaks you know practice
the 20-20-20 rule so every 20 minutes look 20 feet away for 20 seconds that’s
it all you have to do set a timer to do that I always recommend just walking
around exactly that’s perfectly fine but if you’re somebody who can’t leave
their desk or something like that then that’s fine just look up away from your
computer look outside it is beautiful outside today I recommend
doing like 20 or 30 squats you can do that or burpees or star jumps
we did 20 start jumps right before we got on air it helps pump us up but this time
it left us out of breath and so that is why we were laughing when we got on just one last thing for computer use you could use blue light blocking glasses or get blue light
blocking lenses in your glasses if you have a prescription so that can help to
block the blue light that’s coming from a computer your cell phones
iPads and things like that and it can help reduce eye fatigue and increase
your ability to sleep better so another risk factor is the LASIK and
laser eye surgery so what you’re doing with laser eye surgery and LASIK
is you’re actually cutting perfectly healthy tissue and it can cause corneal
neuralgia and so you’re cutting nerves and there’s a ton of nerves in the front
part of your eye where they do LASIK and these nerves have to heal and they take time
up to a full year to heal and some some people don’t come back from it I would say
less than 2% but if you are watching this and you’ve had LASIK PRK
or any laser surgery even cataract surgery and you haven’t recovered from
dry eye you know the pain of it and unfortunately that you are in that 2%
that gets it but I don’t recommend LASIK for other
reasons but dry eye is one of them LASIK is something that can cause a huge or be a
huge risk factor for you I have a good friend who just told me she was so
excited because she just got referred for LASIK and I had so many questions
for her the last one here we are going to talk about is not taking care
of your contact lenses so I know many of you out there might not be able to wear
contact lenses because of your dry eyes but there are many people that do wear
them and can wear them successfully with dry eyes you just have to be really
careful with taking care of them we always recommend daily
disposable lenses because you’re throwing them away every single day you
don’t worry about solution or cleaning them but if you are wearing a two-week
lens or a monthly lens or one that lasts longer than that you need to take those
lenses out every single night clean them with a hydrogen peroxide based solution those are preservative free so you don’t
have to worry about any of that Clear Care is the most common one I
believe maybe even the only one besides generic now but definitely worth it
take care of those contact lenses you will at least help your dry
eye and help relieve some of those symptoms so click the share button to
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