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What Causes Dry Eyes?

What Causes Dry Eyes?

 

 

 

A variety of factors can combine to contribute to Dry Eye. Most symptoms are related to lifestyle, environment, surgery or certain medications, but also age related factors like menopause. If you have any of the conditions below and also have Dry Eye symptoms, speak with your eye doctor.

 

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Asian mother, daughter, and grandmother smiling


Gender & Ethnicity

 

In general, women are more at risk for dry eye due to hormonal changes that occur from pregnancy and menopause. Ethnicity also plays a role in whether or not you have dry eye. Evidence shows that Asian, Hispanic and Pacific Island populations are more prone to developing dry eye.

 

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Elderly couple smiling looking at phone

 

Aging

 

As we age, our tear production naturally reduces. In order to maintain good eye health, the American Optometric Association recommends people over the age of 60 to schedule regular eye exams.

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Woman with long hair smiling looking into camera

 

Hormonal Changes

 

Women who use birth control or are going through menopause are at a greater risk of experiencing Dry Eye as both can cause a hormonal imbalance that reduces tear production.

 

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City skyline showing pollution

 

Environment

 

Low humidity, drier winter months, and windy conditions can all cause Dry Eye. High pollution levels can also increase the risk of symptoms as pollutants, such as ozone, affect the tear glands which naturally moisten the eyes.

 

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Two young women posing while taking Systane selfie

 

Extended Screen Time

 

As well as the weather, spending more time on computers, mobile phones and tablets is an environmental factor that can cause Dry Eye.

 

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Contact lens on finger tip

 

Contact Lens Wear

 

Contact lens wear is a risk factor for developing dry eye. It is important to clean and take care of your contact lenses. If you experience Dry Eye symptoms while wearing contact lenses, speak with your eye doctor.

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Colorful medication capsules set on a light background

 

Certain Types of Medications

 

Antihistamines, decongestants, hormone replacement therapy, antidepressants and certain medications for high blood pressure and acne are risk factors for dry eye symptoms.

 

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Woman in colorful dress with long hair looking down working

 

Laser Eye Surgery

 

Post surgery, as nerves in your eye heal and lubrication levels adjust, you may experience dryness. Your eye doctor will normally prescribe eye drops to aid your recovery.

 

Other Causes


Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) 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. 
 

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Computer Vision Syndrome

 

Too much screen time can lead to eye and vision related problems like blurry vision, headaches and even neck pain. This condition is known as computer vision syndrome (or digital eye strain). When you stare at a screen you blink less, so you're not getting enough lubrication across your eyes. Contact lens wearers can experience computer vision syndrome too.

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Sjögren's Syndrome

 

Sjögren's (“SHOW-grins”) Syndrome is a common autoimmune disease which 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. Speak with your eye doctor if you think you have Sjögren's Syndrome and are experiencing dry eye, dry mouth, joint pain or fatigue.

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