People with dry eye report an overall lower quality of life and have difficulty performing everyday tasks, according to a new study. The group of over 1,000 dry eye patients also had higher levels of anxiety and depression, as well as worse overall health than the control group.
The team at Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut understands how frustrating and difficult it can be to deal with dry eye. In this post, we discuss some of the ways that dry eye can affect your health and quality of life.
Dry Eye and Daily Tasks
Participants in the study found it harder to perform daily tasks than the control group, including using a computer. Our digital world may exacerbate the symptoms of dry eye because many people spend much of their days looking at computer, phone, or tablet screens.
Looking at screens for a prolonged amount of time may lead a person to blink less frequently, which is a risk factor for dry eye. This, in turn, can lead to blurred vision, which can make it harder to use a computer or perform other daily activities.
Dry Eye and Overall Health
Dry eye patients reported more difficulty establishing rewarding relationships and lower overall health. The persistent stinging and burning in the eyes may distract those with dry eye and make it challenging to connect with others.
Dry eye is sometimes temporary, but can also be a chronic condition. Those who have dealt with dry eye for months or years may become discouraged that they haven’t been able to find a solution.
Dry Eye Causes
Each case of dry eye is unique. Risk factors for dry eye include the following:
- Hormonal changes, such as menopause
- Looking at computer screens for extended periods
- Exposure to eye irritants, such as smoke or dry air
- Contact lens use
- Certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Certain medications
Discuss all of your potential risk factors with your ophthalmologist. He or she can then perform an eye exam and recommend a treatment plan, which could include eye drops or prescription medications.
If chronic dry eye is lowering your quality of life, contact the Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut. Schedule your consultation by calling 203-366-8000 today.