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Dry Eyes vs. Red Eyes: How To Know and What To Do About It

Red eye and dry eye syndrome can easily be mistaken one for the other. Red eyes and dry eye syndrome both include itchy, red, itchy eyes. Some with dry eye syndrome will suffer thinking that their red, dry, itchy eyes are only something minor, like allergies, and will be mystified as to why their symptoms are not going away when the allergen goes away. Eventually he/she will decide to consult an eye doctor, and will find that they have suffered for too long without realizing that their condition was something more serious. Dr. Richard Sills of Dr. Sills and Associates in Fort Myers, Florida is very familiar with dry eye syndrome and has included some of his extensive knowledge below to help his patients recognize this uncomfortable, painful and potentially damaging eye condition faster.

Red Eyes

Sometimes your eyes may become irritated by allergens or foreign substances, causing tiny blood vessels throughout your eyes to expand. These more visible, expanded blood vessels lend your eyes a reddish hue. This is red eye.

As a rule, red eyes are quite minor, and will usually resolve themselves without taking any special measures. Although there are exceptions to this rule, red eyes usually don't warrant a trip to the eye doctor in Fort Myers, FL.

Dry Eyes Syndrome Treatment in Fort Myers, FL

In contrast, dry eye syndrome requires professional medical help. Generally associated with chronic, sever dryness and discomfort, dry eye syndrome can also cause scarring and vision problems in sever cases that go a long time without treatment.

There are two major flaws in the production of tears by the eyes that may cause this condition. Either:
The eyes don't make enough tears, and the eye cannot be comfortably hydrated
The eye produces tears which are flawed. They often lack one or more essential parts normally included in tears to allow them to properly coat and hydrate the eye.

Artificial tears are usually the first point of attack when combating symptoms of dry eye syndrome. As their name indicates, artificial tears are made to imitate real tears as closely as possible, and are made in  several formulations. Which formulation will help you the most depends largely on the underlying cause of your dry eye syndrome. Some help to to address the issues of dry eye syndrome in which tears are lacking in quantity, and others will add one or more building blocks to your tears to help them better perform their intended function.

For more information, contact Dr. Sills and Associates today!