We often hear the question, “what is the most under-diagnosed eye disease?”
While people routinely describe their symptoms of dry eyes to their eye doctor, Dry Eye Disease is one of the most under-diagnosed ocular diseases.
Dry Eye Disease
Dry Eye Disease is quite common, especially in older adults and particularly in women. Yet, the symptoms of stinging, burning, tearing, blurred vision and tired eyes are often mistaken for allergies or attributed to environmental conditions. While these conditions may aggravate dry eyes, the cause stems from the body’s inability to produce sufficient tears to properly lubricate and nourish the eye. The root of the problem could be that an inadequate amount of tears are being produced and the tears evaporate too quickly from the surface of the eye. It is also possible that it is the quality of the tears is unbalanced.
Only your eye doctor can determine the nature of your dry eye disease. Optometrist Dr. Elaine Happ does this by evaluating the osmolarity of your tear film using the TearLab Osmolarity Test.
According to Dr. Happ,” It is important to have an accurate diagnosis of Dry Eye Disease since proper treatment can keep your eyes healthy, comfortable and prevent your vision from being affected.”
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms contact us immediately so we can test you and diagnose the problem so that we can stop your discomfort and better yet keep your eyes healthy.