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You can easily navigate the world when your vision is sharp and clear. You can read traffic signs and fine print, ensuring you do not miss a step in your endeavors. However, blurred vision will make you feel like having a filter over your eyes. You will no longer be able to see objects and images with sharpness.
Dry eye is a condition resulting from allergies or an irregularity in the eyes. It causes the eyes to produce low-quality or quantity tears. These tears cannot provide enough lubrication and hydration for your eyes.
Dry eye disease is a relatively common eye condition characterized by a lack of adequate tears. The condition is usually chronic and progressive, affecting patients daily. If not controlled, the disease continues to advance. Effective treatment will depend on the stage of the condition.
Having dry eyes can be a temporary or chronic problem. Most people experience dry eyes at one time or another, usually due to straining the eyes. Seasonal allergies, wind, alcohol consumption, and spending time in a smoke-filled environment can also cause dry eyes.
Scleral contact lenses are hard specialty contact lenses. The rigid gas permeable (RGP) contacts are larger in diameter than regular contacts. This feature allows the lenses to vault above the eye cornea without touching it. This helps ensure a more comfortable fitting for some patients.
Scleral lenses are specialty contact lenses. They help when other contact lenses do not fit. This is because they are large in diameter. They are also gas permeable, meaning that they allow oxygen to flow to the eye. They sit on the white part of the eye (sclera) and arch over the cornea. This creates a space between the cornea and the back of the sclera. This space encourages a tear film to form, helping hydrate the eyes.
According to studies, there are tens of millions of people in the United States diagnosed with dry eye. Most of them depend on eye drops and other forms of treatment to get temporary relief. Others live with the condition and learn to bear the eye discomfort due to a lack of understanding of treatment options.
Dry eye and eye allergies are the most common eye issues that do not involve wearing glasses or contact lenses. Often, people mistake dry eye for eye allergies because the two share some similar symptoms, including itchiness, soreness, and stinging sensations.