Dry eyes can be painful and irritating. Though common in older adults it can be a condition that affects almost anyone. For the most part it can be caused by an imbalance in the tear film, which keeps our vision sharp and eyes moisturized. However, there are outside factors that could be contributing to the tear film disturbances. Read on to see if any of the following could be causing your dry eye problems.
Certain medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, blood pressure medications, and antidepressants can cause dryness. Check with your doctor to see if this could be the case and what suggestions he has to combat the dryness.
People affected by rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid problems are more likely to have symptoms of dry eyes. Also, conditions such as Blepharitis, which causes inflammation of the eyelids, can create irritation.
Living somewhere with a lot of pollution, exposure to smoke, wind, or dry climates can all increase tear evaporation resulting in dry eyes. Also certain seasons, like winter, can create a dryer climate for your eyes.
Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time can cause us not to blink, which can attribute to dry eyes. Also, allergies, long term use of contact lenses, and LASIK eye surgery can all cause decreased tear production and dry eyes.
To help fight dry eyes yourself there are a few steps you can take. Increasing the level of humidity in your home or work environment can help, as well as, remembering to blink often. Drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration and a healthy well balanced diet will keep your body functioning properly. Your doctor or optometrist can also recommend nutritional supplements that can increase your fatty acid intake, which can aide in helping moisturize your eyes.
To read more about dry eyes, check out our blog for useful information on how to overcome this bothersome condition.