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July declared Dry Eye Awareness Month by Prevent Blindness to increase awareness and education about conditions that affect vision and mental health

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July is Dry Eye Awareness Month at Prevent Blindness.

“Dry eye can have lasting adverse effects if left untreated,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “An examination by an eye care professional can provide patients with a treatment plan that protects vision and improves mental health.”

“Dry Eye (DED)” is a condition that occurs when tears do not provide adequate lubrication to the eyes. The discomfort that results from dry eyes can affect vision. And, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI), if severe dry eye is left untreated, it can sometimes damage the cornea, the transparent outer layer at the front of the eye.

Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading nonprofit eye health organization, declared July “Dry Eye Awareness Month” to provide free resources to providers and the public about dry eye, including fact sheets. shareable social media information and graphics available in English and Spanish, and a dedicated webpage. Additionally, as part of the Focus on Eye Health expert series, Stephanie Marioneaux, MD, Cornea and External Disease Specialist, and Prevent Blindness Board Member, provides in-depth insights in the recent episode. “Dry Eye”.

OCuSOFT ® Inc., a private eye and skin care company dedicated to innovation in eyelid hygiene and eye health, is once again partnering with Prevent Blindness in support of Dryness Awareness Month ocular.

Mental health can also be affected by dry eye. A recent study published in JAMA Ophthalmology found that depression was associated with more severe dry eye symptoms and general signs, suggesting that among patients with moderate to severe DED, those with depression may be susceptible to dry eye disease. have more severe SSO. The study concludes that the findings support consideration of depression as a comorbidity when managing patients with DED.

Symptoms of dry eye include:

  • Burn or sting
  • Particles in the eyes
  • Gritty and sandy feeling
  • Itching
  • Redness and inflammation
  • stringy mucus
  • Extreme sensitivity, especially to cigarette smoke
  • Transient blurred vision
  • Increased sensitivity to light

These symptoms can mean you have dry eyes, but they can also be caused by other conditions. A thorough evaluation by an ophthalmologist is necessary to determine the exact cause of these visual symptoms.

“Dry eye can have lasting adverse effects if left untreated,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “An examination by an eye care professional can provide patients with a treatment plan that protects vision and improves mental health.”

For more information on dry eye, please visit the Prevent Blindness resource page at preventblindness.org/understanding-dry-eye.

About Preventing Blindness

Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading voluntary eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, programs community and patient services and research. These services are made possible by the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates, Prevent Blindness is committed to eliminating preventable blindness in America. For more information, visit us at preventblindness.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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