Dry Eye Prevention And Treatment Tips. Know The Symptoms

Dry eye can cause painful burning and itching, and advanced cases can even impair vision. Millions of Americans suffer from dry eye syndrome and the risk increases with age.

Dry eye occurs when the quantity and/or quality of tears fails to keep the surface of the eye adequately lubricated. Other symptoms include stinging or burning; redness, and eye discharge.  You may also feel as if your eyelids are heavy and experience blurred vision.

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Dry Eye Symptoms

Medications and medical conditions can cause it.

  • Antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants will dry the eyes
  • Parkinson’s disease and high blood pressure
  • The inflammatory skin disease rosacea and inflammatory eyelid disease blepharitis can disrupt the function of glands.
  • Autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorders and vitamin A deficiency.
  • Windy, smoky, or dry environments increase tear evaporation
  • Prolonged periods of screen time encourages insufficient blinking.
  • Laser eye surgery may cause temporary dryness.

Prevention

Certain activities can increase dryness.

  • Avoid hair dryers
  • Stay away from very warm rooms and use humidifiers in the winter
  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses outdoors on windy days
  • Add  omega-3 fatty acids to your diet
  • Cut back on computer and TV screen time

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