As spring begins, there are a few changes we will start to notice. The temperatures are warming up; the trees and bushes are budding; and the flowers are blooming. Unfortunately, foliage is not the only thing that sprouts every spring. For some, spring time means the onset of allergies, and with them, dry, itchy, burning, watery and/or irritated eyes. These eye health burdens are symptoms of occasional dry eye.
Occasional dry eye can take a toll on the enjoyment of the warmer weather. People with occasional dry eye either do not produce enough tears or have a poor quality of tears. Tears are made up of three layers: oil, water and mucus. Each layer is necessary for maintaining eye health and providing clear vision. A smooth oil layer helps prevent the evaporation of the water layer, while the mucin layer spreads the tears evenly over the surface of the eye.
The symptoms of occasional dry eye include:
• Eye irritation or fatigue
• Scratchy, gritty, stinging or burning eyes
• The feeling of a foreign particle in the eye
• Redness and pain
• Excessive reflex watering
• Blurred vision
• A stringy discharge from the eye
• Heavy eyelids
• Inability to cry when emotionally stressed
• Uncomfortable contact lenses
• Difficulty reading, working on the computer or any activity that requires sustained visual attention
Nearly five million Americans age 50 and older have significant occasional dry eye, meaning their symptoms often affect their daily lives. Occasional dry eye is a part of the natural aging process, and most people over age 65 experience some sort of symptom. Women are two times more likely to develop occasional dry eye than men due to hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, the use of oral contraceptives and menopause.
Though it becomes more prevalent with age, nearly half of Americans ages 18 and older regularly experience some degree of occasional dry eye symptoms. In a recent article, Maria Pribis, OD, commented on how the overuse of devices like smartphones, tablets and computers has been linked to a more common detection of occasional dry eye in teenagers. People tend to blink less frequently when looking at screens, and she believes that device overuse is leading to young eyes aging faster.
Allergies, environment and other causes of occasional dry eye do not have to ruin the good weather. EyePromise® EZ Tears™ is an eye health nutraceutical scientifically-proven to relieve symptoms in as little as 1 week. With the highest levels of Omega-3s plus 8 other anti-inflammatory ingredients, EZ Tears can help relieve occasional dry eye from the inside out.