Common Dry Eye Symptoms

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Causes of Dry Eye Symptoms

Age

From the age of 18, tear volume decreases as much as 60% by age 65.

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy, lactation, menstruation and menopause can decrease tear production.

Extended Contact Lens Wear

Prolonged contact lens wearing can lead to dry eyes from corneal oxygen and nutrient deficiency, inflammation from bacterial growth, and preservatives in some contact lens solution may cause irritations.

Blepharitis

Bacterial inflammation of the eye lids can compromise the quality of the tear film, causing tears to evaporate more quickly. Bacterial waste product can cause mild toxic reaction leading to chronic red, irritated eyes.

LASIK Surgery

During LASIK surgery, around 60% of the corneal superficial nerve fibres are severed, reducing sensation and affecting tear production. With compromised sensation, the blink rate may slow to the point that the tear film breaks up before the next blink can reconstitute.

Computer Use

Prolonged screen time along with blinking less frequently can lead to increased evaporation of the tears and eye-strain, causing dry eye sensation.

Medications

Medications that can induce dry eyes symptoms include antibiotics, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, diuretics, selected eye drops, cold and flu medications, antihistamines, birth control pills, appetite suppressants and ulcer medications.

Diseases

Diseases that may be associated with dry eyes include Diabetes, Asthma, Thyroid diseases, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogrens Syndrome, Lupus and Glaucoma.

Everyday Remedies for Dry Eye Relief

Cleanse Eye Lids

Wash Eye Lids Frequently for Better Hygiene

Blinking

Blinking the eyes often encourages the flow of tears

Eye Care Supplements

Research has shown that ingredients like Lutein and zeaxanthin in eye care supplements are beneficial to the eyes

Gentle Warming Compress

Gentle warmth stimulates lipid secretion from the meibomian glands, bringing comfort to dry eyes

Eye Drops

Preservatives Free eye drops lubricates the eyes with reduced risk of long term complications

Eye Massage

Gentle eye massage may promote circulation of fluids around the eye area

Good Eye Care Practices