Enjoying outdoor activities is a great way to stay active and healthy while having fun, but coping with Dry Eye symptoms outdoors is no fun. If your eyes frequently feel dry when you engage in outdoor activities, you might not be as eager to take that next adventure outside because of pesky Dry Eye symptoms.
If you find yourself taking frequent breaks to put in eye drops, continually rubbing your eyes, or using compresses to relieve eye pain, you know that can take a heavy toll on enjoying your outdoor experience. Unfortunately for millions of people around the world, this is a familiar scenario. The cause of these Dry Eye symptoms is most likely Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), the leading cause of Dry Eye in 86%1 of those patients who present Dry Eye symptoms. The good news is that if you are like the majority of people with Dry Eye symptoms caused by MGD, there are now treatment options that can give you a renewed sense of enjoyment outdoors, no matter the activity or the climate.
Your eye care professional can screen for MGD, and it’s important to do so sooner than later. Why? Because the bothersome aspects of MGD are chronic and progressive, meaning those irritating Dry Eye symptoms will get worse over time. Additionally, if left untreated, MGD can cause permanent eye damage.
What is MGD?
MGD is a condition in which the Meibomian glands in the eyelids become blocked and do not produce necessary oils needed to protect the tear film of the eye. When the Meibomian glands cease to produce oil, it leaves the tear film exposed and can cause painful eye irritation that may include redness, scratchy sensation or watery eyes. As MGD progresses in severity, your eyes grow increasingly more uncomfortable with the potential for permanent Meibomian gland loss.
There are many factors that can make Dry Eye symptoms worse when outdoors, such as wind, low humidity, and allergies — all the things that we normally endure without giving a second thought. Those with Dry Eye symptoms caused by MGD know that the susceptibility to flare-ups is not just limited to the outdoors, but can extend to the indoors as well. Simply watching TV, reading, or working on a computer can increase discomfort.
Since we now know the leading cause of Dry Eye is MGD and that it is progressive, it is important to see your doctor and ask about MGD and how it can be treated with LipiFlow. LipiFlow is a breakthrough treatment that clears gland blockages and restores gland function, allowing your eyes to stay naturally protected from the elements and helps reduce Dry Eye symptoms4.
Now there’s a solution that has the potential to alleviate interference from pesky Dry Eye symptoms and help you get back to leading a life full of outdoor fun. Rather than treatment that only provide temporary symptomatic relief, treat the cause. Find out if you have MGD and if LipiFlow is right for you. The treatment is cleared by the FDA and only takes 12-minutes. Find an eye care professional near you and get to the root cause of your Dry Eye symptoms today.