With your air conditioner’s thermostat set to the lowest possible setting in summer, you may be at risk of suffering from dry eye syndrome. This condition is caused by either insufficient tear production or increased vapor evaporation, which is more likely to happen in a heavily air-conditioned room. Left untreated, dry eye syndrome can lead to long-term complications, such as eye infections and even damage to your corneas.
Luckily, there’s a new treatment option for this syndrome. Vision Care Associates, the state’s go-to company for optical services, elaborates more on the treatment for the syndrome below.
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome?
Listed below are the usual symptoms:
Red, itchy, or watery eyes
Sensitivity to light
Difficulty with putting on your eye contact lenses or driving at night
Of course, the list above isn’t exhaustive; if you experience any of these symptoms or feel like there’s something wrong with your eyesight, it’s best to consult one of your local certified opticians.
What Are My Treatment Options?
You should always consult your local eye doctor about your treatment options, but you can also ask about the latest options. One exciting development is the results of a recent clinical trial involving the use of DNase enzyme.
Participants in the experimental group used a solution containing the enzyme four times per day for eight weeks. By the end of the trial, the experimental group suffered less corneal damage and experienced less discomfort than the control group.
While the results are very encouraging, researchers still need to conduct more trials before the solution can be approved for use. In the meantime, there are standard treatment options which usually involve stimulating tear production and minimizing the inflammation of the cornea. Consult your eye doctor to learn more about these treatment options.
Vision Care Associates, the winner of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel’s Readers Choice Award for best eye care experience for 10 years in a row, offers emergency eye care services. To set up an appointment, call us at (304) 315-6055 or (304) 808-1209 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Parkersburg, WV.