Most cities have different environmental factors that can directly affect your eyes. For example, residents of Chicago and New York City are three to four times more likely to experience dry eye symptoms than those in other cities with less air pollution. Residents in cities with higher altitude have a 13 percent higher chance of experiencing symptoms which were found to be associated with wind and low humidity.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is a common eye condition you have probably never heard of. Simply put, it is a blockage of the glands lining your eyelids that help make the oil layer of your tears.
Tip: Lay a warm washcloth over your eyes twice a day to help loosen the oils in your glands. Or try a humidifier to reduce dryness in the air from your heater or air-conditioner.
Also talk to your eye doctor about Systane® iLux®, an in-office treatment.
Computer Vision Syndrome
Too much screen time can lead to problems such as blurry vision, headaches and even neck pain. This condition is known as computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain. The longer you scroll, the more uncomfortable your eyes can get. Contact lens wearers can experience computer vision syndrome too.
Tip: Take a break from your computer by looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
Sjögren’s (“SHOW-grins”) Syndrome is a common autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s white blood cells mistakenly attack moisture-producing glands. This can cause inflammation and a significant reduction in the quantity and quality of the moisture these glands produce. Talk to your doctor about Sjögren’s Syndrome if you’re experiencing dry eye, dry mouth, joint pain or fatigue.