TheraLife® targets relief for dry eyes caused by a multitude of factors. However, there are certain people who are more likely to suffer from dry eye due to age, gender and other factors. Here are the facts about dry eye sufferers as well as how TheraLife® can help.
What Is Dry Eye?
Simply put, dry eye is a condition in which you do not make enough tears to lubricate your eye tissue or in which the tears are not adequate in composition. Tears, which are a complex combination of fluids and lubricants, maintain the health of the eye surface and keep your vision clear. Without the right type and amount of tears, you may suffer serious eye problems.
According to the American Optometric Association, dry eye is caused by two basic problems:
- Inadequate tear production. In some forms of dry eyes, the eyes simply do not create enough tears to lubricate the eyes properly. This condition leads to itchy, gritty and “crusty” eyes in some cases. Eyes may also be very red, inflamed and painful.
- Inadequate tear composition. Another problem that leads to dry eyes is when the eye produces sufficient tears but the composition of the tears lack oils and proteins.
Dry eye goes by many terms, depending on the cause of the condition. In all cases, however, dry eye is uncomfortable and may be chronic, meaning that it occurs over a long period of time. It is estimated that at any given time, at least six percent of the total population of the world is suffering active dry eye symptoms.
Keratoconjuctivitis sicca or KCS, also known as keratitis sicca, is the most common type of dry eye condition. In KCS, the water layer of the tears is inadequate. This type of dry eyes leads to blurry, gritty, irritated and burning eyes. It is common for people to rub or scratch at their eyes when they suffer from KCS. Prolonged, untreated KCS can lead to eye damage and impaired vision. Other forms of dry eye can also lead to vision impairment if they are left necessitating cornea transplantation.
What Causes Dry Eyes?
KCS or dry eyes can develop for a wide variety of reasons. Some of the reasons for dry eye include:
- Aging. As we get older, we are more likely to experience dry eyes. This is because as our bodies age, we are less able to support the complex processes that lead to quality tear production. Most people over the age of 65 have some degree of dry eye.
- Gender. Women are the most likely candidates for dry eye or KCS. While the reason for this remains unknown, experts believe that hormonal fluctuations, especially those related to pregnancy, menopause and the use of birth control pills, may play a role.
- Drugs. Medications such as antihistamines or decongestants that interfere with the normal production of mucous in the sinuses may also have an effect on the tears produced in the eye. This can lead to a dry eye condition, especially with long-term use. There has also been a link noted between dry eye and the use of anti-depressants and blood pressure medications in some patients.
- Medical conditions. Those who suffer from diabetes, thyroid issues and rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop dry eye conditions than those without these diseases.
- Blepharitis. Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eye’s surface. Those with blepharitis often have eyelids that turn inward or outward, leading to the development of dry eye conditions.
- Refractive eye surgery. Those who have undergone LASIK or similar surgeries, as well as those who have worn contact lenses for a long period of time, may find that they suffer from dry eye.
- Environmental factors. Smoke, dry climate and wind can play a role in increased tear evaporation which can lead to dry eyes as well.
- Medications – it is known certain prescription medications cause dry eyes, especially eye drops for glaucoma.
- Menopause – hormone imbalance is known to cause dry eyes. The dry eye onset can be sudden. This is why the largest population of dry eye sufferers are women over 50.
- Watery Eyes – When dry eyes left untreated for a long time, the body produce crying tears to provide moisture.
How To Treat Dry Eyes
Doctors do not always agree on how to treat dry eye. In fact, some studies have suggested that natural remedies may be as effective as pharmaceuticals. Many patients are prescribed drugs that are expensive and may be harmful to the body while failing to completely relieve dry eye symptoms.
At TheraLife®, we believe that the only way to successfully treat dry eyes is to get to the root of the insufficient delivery of blood and nutrients to the eyes. The natural dry eye relief found in TheraLife® provides internal healing and improves the body’s ability to make tears. This will reduce inflammation and dryness, leading to better vision. Utimately, TheraLife® offers a real solution to dry eye problems based on natural substances that will not harm your body or interfere with its natural processes.
TheraLife® is the expert in providing solutions for many types of dry eye problems of every type. Visit us today to learn more about how we can help you overcome dry eye problems regardless of age, gender, health or any other characteristic.