Dry eye is a relatively normal condition that is caused when the eyes don't produce enough lubrication or tears. It's also more common with the older population as well as with women. At The Center for Eye Care and Optical in West Islip, we provide dry eye treatment for our patients. Here are the most common causes of dry eye.
Many eye-related conditions occur with older eyes, and dry eyes are one of them. This is because proteins in the tear film that decline with aging, leading to dry eye.
Individuals who have other health concerns such as diabetes can have nerve damage that causes the eyes to become dry. Also, rheumatoid arthritis can contribute to dry eye.
If you are taking medication for certain conditions, it may lead to dry eye as a side effect. These medications include birth control pills, antihistamines, and hormone replacement therapy.
Windy or cold conditions can make tears evaporate more quickly. If you've had LASIK eye surgery in the past, you are more likely to suffer from dry eye.
There are several ways to manage dry eyes effectively. You can consult your doctor to possibly change medication to reduce the effects of dry eyes. Those who spend a lot of time using digital devices need to consider blinking more often, taking screen breaks, and wearing blue light glasses. If you go outdoors, always wear a quality pair of sunglasses with polarized lenses to reduce UV light exposure.
Healthy lifestyle choices to avoid dry eye include consuming omega-3 fatty acids, avoiding smoking, and getting plenty of exercise. Always schedule an appointment with our ophthalmology team should you need more help with dry eyes. We can help with special eye drops or other treatments depending on the severity of your condition.
Call The Center for Eye Care and Optical today at (631) 422-1110 for more information on dry eye treatment or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.
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