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Texas Optometrist Troupe Eyecare Reminds Area Locals of Increased Risk of Dry Eye Disease During Colder Winter Months

ARLINGTON, Texas, Feb. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Troupe Eyecare is reminding Texas residents about the risk of eye issues related to dry conditions during the colder months of winter. Specifically, dry eye syndrome tends to be more prevalent during this time; however, there are things that Texas residents can do to minimize their risk while maximizing eye health and optimal vision.

Dry eye disease or dry eye syndrome is sometimes called keratitis sicca, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or dysfunctional tear syndrome. It is caused by a chronic deficit of moisture and lubrication on the eye’s surface. Dry eyes are often irritated, red and itchy, prompting sufferers to rub their eyes and often make the condition worse. Consequences can range from chronic irritation to major inflammation of the eyes. Left unchecked, abrasion and scarring can result, affecting eye health and vision going forward.

Dry eye syndrome is very common and one of the main reasons people visit the eye doctor. Around half of all American adults experience dry eye symptoms regularly. Besides irritation, redness and itching, symptoms of dry eye disease may also include a burning sensation, inflammation, aching, eye fatigue, eye strain, a heavy feeling in the eyes, overall soreness, blurry vision and photophobia (light sensitivity). Foreign body sensation may also be reported, which refers to feeling as though something gritty is in the eye. Reflexive eye watering may also be a symptom, although the tears produced do not remain in the eyes long enough to correct the condition of dryness.

Left untreated, dry eyes can lead to permanent damage to the eye’s surface. The outcomes of cataract surgery or LASIK may also be affected. Other factors that can contribute to dry eyes include contact lens wear, digital device use, aging/menopause, smoking, and frequent flying in an airplane.

Dr. Amanda Troupe explains, “The drier, colder and windier conditions of the winter months can both lead to new cases of dry eye syndrome and exacerbate existing ones. The winter months of the year often bring drier conditions both indoors and out in the state of Texas, and this in turn increases the likelihood of associated risks and symptoms.”

Preventing and addressing dry eye syndrome can be accomplished by making some simple lifestyle changes. Using artificial tears regularly, taking breaks during electronic device usage and blinking more frequently can all help. In some cases, in-office procedures and prescription eye medications will be required to address existing cases of dry eye syndrome.

Troupe Eyecare has locations in both Arlington and Keller, Texas, and serves clients in the adjacent areas of these two cities. Those in the public who would like more information or advice about avoiding winter dry eye can call 817-562-2010 or visit the Troupe Eyecare website to see their full suite of services.

Troupe Eyecare, 817-562-2010

Source: Troupe Eyecare