What Are Dry Eye Flares?

Dry eye disease affects more than 16.4 million people in the United States. There are a number of treatments and lifestyle changes that can help to alleviate the symptoms of this condition.

But sometimes, these measures are not enough to ward off flare-ups. An estimated 80% of dry eye patients experience flares, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

For those who have taken measures to address dry eye, it can be especially frustrating to experience dry eye flares — temporary flare-ups of dry eye symptoms.

The good news is that the knowledgeable eye doctors at TRES VISION Group are experts at finding the best treatment options for both ongoing dry eye and dry eye flares. Here, they discuss dry eye flares.

What Are Dry Eye Flares and What Are the Symptoms?

If you have sought treatment for your dry eyes from a qualified professional, you have most likely found relief from some or all of your symptoms. Unfortunately, external factors may cause dry eye flares. These flares often come on suddenly.

Though the specific symptoms can vary from patient to patient, they most often resemble the symptoms that a person experienced before finding effective treatment for dry eye.

Dry eye flare symptoms can include some or all of the following:

  • Blurred or fluctuating vision
  • Watery eyes or excessive tearing
  • Eye redness
  • Stringy discharge
  • Eye discomfort
  • Eyes that feel like they are burning, itching, or fatigued
  • Light sensitivity
  • A desire to keep eyes closed

What Causes Dry Eye Flares?

As mentioned above, dry eye flares are caused by a trigger or a number of triggers. There are countless causes of dry eye flares, including the following:

  • Allergies
  • Exposure to dry air, cold air, air conditioning, or wind
  • Prolonged periods of uninterrupted screen time
  • Wearing contact lenses
  • Discontinuation of dry eye treatment (not taking medication)
  • Wearing masks (air exhaled from the mask can actually contribute to a flare-up)
  • Eye surgery
  • Other health conditions

Can You Treat Dry Eye Flares?

Dry eye flares can be treated. Dry eye treatment will depend on what is causing the dry eye flares. If you are experiencing dry eye flares, contact an experienced eye doctor like the members of the team at TRES VISION Group.

Schedule a Consultation

Do not let dry eye flares interfere with your vision and quality of life. Contact the eye doctors at TRES VISION Group to schedule a consultation. Simply call (321) 984-3200 or fill out our contact form.