Facing Dry Eyes as a Symptom of Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a progressive condition that causes loss of vision, vision disturbances, and changes in the quality of life of those who suffer from the condition. There are several symptoms of Keratoconus that cause daily issues for its patients. Learning what symptoms may flare and how to deal with them will allow you to gain some of your life back.

One symptom that flares frequently is Dry eyes. This symptom causes irritation, redness, and sometimes excessive rubbing of the eyes. In more serious cases it can cause pain for the patient and making wearing contact lenses very difficult. Dry eyes is a reduction of the production of tears by your eyes naturally.

There are several reasons one can develop dry eyes such as:

Medication changes

Conditions – Like Keratoconus, diabetes, Cataracts, etc..

Reduction in the blinking of the eyes (for instance in writers)

Certain procedures

Treatments:

1 Eye Drops

Typically treatments for dry eyes consist of over the counter eye drops, such as Artificial Tears. Yes, get the red out products can help reduce the amount of irritation in your eye, but there is medication in this eye drop that is not good for prolonged use. Artificial tears work the best as they rehydrate the eye provide the moisture in places that your eye has lost them. These are not permanent fixes for treatments, finding the initial cause of your dry eye and fixing that problem will help your symptoms out the most.

2 Supplements

Flaxseed Oil or Fish Oil supplements taken daily can help decrease dry eyes. Consult your doctor about taking these supplements before you try them.

Tips To Help Relieve Your Dry Eye:

Increase the amount of breaks you take when starring at the computer screen.

Avoid excessive eye rubbing

Get regular eye examinations

Wear protective lenses when going out

Use Artificial Tears

Consider taking Flaxseed Oil or Fish Oil supplements

Remember dry eye is generally a symptom, and symptoms are best relieved by finding the underline cause. Let your eye care professional know all your symptoms each time you visit. If dry eye is a big disturbance ask them what you can do to reduce the symptom. Improving the overall quality of life for the patient is the doctors main objective for treatment, so communication is key to a great treatment plan.

For more information regarding dry eyes visit: www.dryeyepain.com

For more information about keratoconus visit the American Keratoconus Association

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