Can Wearing Glasses Help Relieve Dry Eyes?

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Dry eyes are common, but some of us can develop dry eye syndrome, which takes discomfort to the next level. If you're experiencing dry, itchy eyes, light sensitivity, and discomfort in your eyes, the team at Rothchild Eye Institute is here to help. In fact, Rothchild Eye Institute is the first choice for patients throughout the Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach County, FL communities.

Keep reading to find out how wearing glasses may help you relieve your dry eyes.

What is dry eye syndrome?

If you experience dry eyes repeatedly or for more than a few days in a row, it's time to see a professional since the following symptoms may be due to dry eye syndrome:

  • Itchy eyes

  • Bloodshot eyes

  • Achy or painful eyes or eyes that feel swollen

  • Feeling of sand in the eyes

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Impaired vision

Dry eye syndrome is the result of insufficient or poor-quality tears. It can be caused by various factors, like environmental factors, medications, or underlying health issues. The condition can also arise as a result of aging or be genetic. Sometimes, patients develop dry eyes as a result of the glands in their eyelids becoming obstructed, a condition known as meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).

The experienced ophthalmologists at Rothchild Eye Institute routinely treat dry eye syndrome and can give you the best advice for relieving your discomfort, including state-of-the-art treatment for MGD.

Should I be wearing glasses if I have dry eyes?

In some cases, eyeglasses can help protect you from environmental factors that impair tear production or dry out your eyes. They may also be a good alternative to contact lenses if you're experiencing dry eyes. However, the most important part of dealing with dry eyes is determining the cause.

For example, if dry eyes are caused by an underlying medical condition, such as meibomian gland dysfunction or Sjogren's syndrome, wearing glasses may not provide relief, and additional treatment may be necessary. In that case, you'll want to see the team at Rothchild Eye Institute.

What kind of glasses is best for dry eyes?

If glasses are part of the treatment equation for dry eyes, you'll want to ensure they have UVA and UVB protection. If environmental factors are a concern, glasses with frames that wrap around the face to block out pollutants are best for dry eyes.

Sunglasses may be helpful for dry eye sufferers with sensitivity to light. Those who experience dry eyes as a result of staring at screens may want to explore blue light-blocking lenses or an anti-reflective coating to reduce glare and eye strain.

People with dry eyes who require vision correction may benefit from wearing glasses with prescription inserts that continuously release a lubricant. Some glasses have built-in moisturizing inserts that release a lubricating substance to keep eyes hydrated.

It is important to consult the professionals at Rothchild Eye Institute to determine the best type of glasses for your specific dry eye condition and to ensure that they are correctly fitted.

Relieve dry eyes in Delray Beach, FL and surrounding areas

If you're suffering from dry eyes, the first step is to determine the cause of your discomfort. The team at Rothchild Eye Institute is the first choice for patients throughout the Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach County, FL communities.

Simply make an appointment with us today to discuss your symptoms and treatment options.

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