Here are a number of reasons why dry eye occurs:
Though dry eye syndrome is not life threatening, it can severely hinder your quality of life. Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of the number one New York Times bestselling novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, as well as seven other novels and four children's books, finally got diagnosed and treatment when dry eye syndrome began to interfere with her work – and most importantly the time she spent with her family.
"I initially thought I had to live with the itchy, blurriness, and dryness of my eyes at the end of the day. I tried over the counter medications but could never find the right treatment. I got concerned when my dry eye started hindering the things that are important to me, like reading, writing and spending time with my kids," says Mitchard.
Even more concerning to Mitchard was her and her family's safety, particularly when dry eye syndrome started affecting her vision while driving. "I have seven kids and my eye health is critical to me as a professional, but even more so as a mother," she says.
Mitchard concludes, "Awareness is key in helping women get diagnosed. The Dry Eye Book Club is a reminder to them that we are the backbone of our communities and that we need to take care of ourselves."
Dry eye syndrome may be an inevitable part of aging, but, with the array of successful and noninvasive treatments available, there is no reason to live with dry eyes. Make an appointment with your eye specialist today.
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