James R Baldwin (Optometrist)
DRY EYE AND GLUCOMA
The International Glaucoma Association is currently focusing on the impact of dry eye syndrome for people with glaucoma. Dry eye can have a debilitating effect on a person's quality of life yet is little understood.
Dry eye syndrome affects 50 to 60 per cent of people with glaucoma and one in three people over the age of 65. It is a disorder where the eyes don't make enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly. This can make eyes feel dry, scratchy and irritated or watery, and feel heavy and tired by the end of the day. Sunlight may also be painful. In severe cases people have reported pain, discomfort and depression.
It is important that people with glaucoma raise any dry eye symptoms with their Optometrist or Ophthalmologist.
If you feel you are suffering from dry eye syndrome please make an appointment to get advise on its management. We also have free information booklets available in reception.
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