April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, April 7, 2011
Research shows that more women than men tend to experience moderate to severe symptoms of dry eye1 (see below for a full list of dry eye symptoms). In honor of Women's Eye Health and Safety Month, Prevent Blindness America recently released a dry eye warning, citing helpful tips to avoid irritation from dry eye, including reminders to blink frequently while using a computer and avoid hair dryers and cigarette smoke. To see even more helpful tips, visit the Prevent Blindness America website.

What is dry eye?
Dry eye is a condition in which one’s eyes do not produce enough tears, or produce tears which do not have the proper chemical composition. Often, dry eye is part of the natural aging process. It can also be caused by blinking or eyelid problems, medications like antihistamines, oral contraceptives and antidepressants, a dry climate, wind and dust, general health problems like arthritis or Sjogren's syndrome, and chemical or thermal burns to your eyes.

Symptoms may include irritated, scratchy, dry, uncomfortable, or red eyes; a burning sensation or feeling of something foreign in your eyes; and blurred vision. Excessive dry eyes may damage eye tissue, scar your cornea (the front covering of your eyes) and impair vision, and make wearing contact lenses difficult2.

If you think you may be experiencing dry eye symptoms, contact your eye care practitioner today. Click here to find an eye care practitioner near you.

1Reference: National Women's Health Resource Center
2Reference: AOA

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