Dry eyes / Office Eye Syndrome
One out of five patients consulting an ophthalmologist in Germany is suffering from dry eyes. Noticeable effects are burning, itching or tears.
These symptoms are grouped under the term Office Eye Syndrome, as they particularly occur when sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods and forgetting to blink.
The lack of tear fluids can also be caused by various diseases such as diabetes, rheumatism, or a malfunction of the thyroid gland.
We can determine the extent of the disrupted tear film by using various examinations. Important here is the Schirmer test. In this test a small strip of absorbent paper is placed in the conjunctival sac measuring how long it takes to get fully soaked. By applying a special dye on the ocular surface, we can determine how stable the tear film is.
Above that, small changes in everyday behavior such as taking breaks in computer work, drinking enough water, or providing fresh air supply will improve the patient´s situation.
Dry eyes should be taken seriously because what initially appears only annoying can lead to a disease of the ocular surface and thus to a loss of vision.