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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease that can affect the entire body, including the eyes. Systemically, RA is associated with joint stiffness, fever, weight loss, and feelings of illness. The disease is labelled as an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the body is essentially attacking itself. There are many ways that the disease can affect the eyes and below are a few of the most common ocular signs. 

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Many people choose contact lenses for the convenience of being free of glasses. However, the use of contacts can be misinterpreted as a low maintenance procedure without risk of discomfort or consequence. It is important to remember that proper care and maintenance of these lenses and your eye health are necessary to ensure no complications from their use. Make sure to follow the instructions provided by our optometrists. Read on to learn about some common and rare-but-serious complications from contact lens wear and what you can do to prevent them.

punctal plug dry eyes
Dry eye treatment can include over-the-counter eye drops, prescription medications, ointments, and more.  In moderate to severe cases of dry eye disease, these treatment options may not be enough to completely relieve symptoms of burning, grittiness, and irritation.  For those resistant cases, punctal plugs may be the answer.  Punctal plugs are small medical devices that can provide a more permanent form of treatment and deliver long term relief for those who are significantly affected by dry eye disease.  

watery eyes
Many people experience watery eyes, which can be irritating and can interfere with vision.  While it may seem counterintuitive, watery eyes may be a sign of dry eye disease. In most cases, watery and runny eyes indicate an underlying condition called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, which plays a major role in dry eye symptoms.  Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, also called MGD, affects the production of the natural tear film of the eye and can result in symptoms such as watering, burning, grittiness, or feeling like something is “in the eye.” In order to stop these symptoms, we have to address the underlying dryness. 

nighttime dryness
If you notice that your symptoms of dry eye disease are worse in the morning, you may be experiencing the effects of nighttime dryness.  Many people believe that the night is a time when our eyes are protected from symptoms of dryness or irritation; however, for some people, it can actually be the most damaging time of the day.  Do you notice that your eyes are most uncomfortable upon awakening? Continue reading to learn if you are affected by nighttime dryness.

treating dry eye disease
The symptoms of dry eye disease typically include irritation, redness, burning, grittiness, watering, or itching.  These symptoms can be burdensome, and many people find that dry eye disease negatively impacts their daily life. Treatment for dry eyes is usually a long-term approach that focuses on adequately and efficiently reducing symptoms and reducing the burden of ocular irritation.  If you suffer from dry eye disease, your optometrist will have the best recommendation regarding what treatment options are best for you. Below are some of the common treatment approaches for this disease.  
computer vision syndrome
Our society’s use of digital screens, including cellphones, computer screens, and tablets, has drastically increased in the past decade.  Many people who regularly use digital screens for an extended period of time can agree that increased screen time leads to computer-related eye problems.  Symptoms such as eye strain, headaches, dryness and irritation, and even double vision may suggest the presence of a condition known as Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS.  Whether computer vision syndrome is a mild inconvenience or a significant burden in your day-to-day life, there are ways to protect your eyes from the symptoms of this condition.  

dry eye disease tear film
Dry eye disease is a complicated disease process which can cause symptoms such as irritation and burning, in addition to visual disturbances like blurred vision.  Millions of people are affected by dry eye syndrome, but they may not know the cause of their symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with dry eyes, or suffer from ocular irritation and blurred vision, read on to learn more about what could be causing your problems.

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