| Thu, Oct 08, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Take the Sting Out of Dry Eye

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

dry eyesDo you frequently experience dry, scratchy, or stinging eyes? You may have a condition called dry eye.

Dry eye is a condition that can happen when your tears aren’t able to produce enough moisture for your eyes. Dry eyes can also happen if you produce poor-quality tears.

Tired and red eyes may be symptoms of dry eye. So are excessive tearing, light sensitivity, and difficulty wearing contact lenses.

People who are at higher risk of getting dry eyes include those that:

  • are older than 50
  • are a postmenopausal woman
  • have had laser eye surgery
  • have tear gland damage
  • have certain medical conditions that reduce tear production, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus
  • take certain medications, such as antihistamines and decongestants, certain antidepressants, and medications used to treat high blood pressure

If you have symptoms of dry eye, you may want to schedule an appointment to see your doctor. If you have dry eye and your symptoms are mild or happen only occasionally, using over-the-counter eye drops or washing your eyelids may help. If your symptoms are more severe, happen more frequently or get worse, schedule an appointment to see your doctor.

For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.

Resources:

Dry Eye: American Optometric Association (AOA.org)

Dry Eye, Definition: Mayo Clinic staff

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