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Dry Eyes: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments for Dry Eyes

We’ve all experienced dry eyes at one time or another, for some people the symptoms are persistent and reoccur often which makes it quite uncomfortable to enjoy a comfortable active lifestyle.

Symptoms of Dry Eyes

Dry eye symptoms may be different with each person, but they often include stinging, burning, eye redness, and a scratchy sensation.  It literally feels like you have a foreign object in your eyes.

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What Causes Dry Eyes?

Not having enough tears or poor quality tears (moisture) cause a person to have dry eyes.  There are many factors that contribute to this, and may occur for a variety of reasons.

Medication

Some medications may contribute to a decreased production of tears, consulting with your eye doctor or pharmacist is the best way to understand whether your medication is the cause.

Hormones

Females tend to experience the dry eye symptoms due to hormonal changes in the body.  Age can also play a big part in decreased tear production.

Lifestyle

Exposure to a dry climate, allergies in the spring, long term exposure to television or computer screens can also be contributors to getting dry eyes.

Eyelids also play a big role in tear production, every time we blink, our eyelids distribute the moisture evenly across the eye.  If the eyelids do not function properly or we don’t blink enough, there’s a decrease in the quantity and quality of tears being distributed for proper function and adequate moisture.

eye dropsTreatments of Dry Eyes

There are many steps we can take at home to minimize the symptoms.

  • Remember to blink more often
  • Take a break from the computer and television often
  • Use sunglasses when outdoors
  • Increase humidity and moisture in the air at home
  • Over-the-counter nutritional supplements (consult with your optometrist or MD)

If these home remedies aren’t helping, it may be time to consult an experienced eye doctor for a consultation.  A professional diagnosis will help you determine whether your condition can be treated with prescription medication or a surgical intervention.

Dr. Alexandra Chebil is an Orange County experienced optometrist that prides herself on educating the public about proper eye health, and care.  She has an outstanding reputation in the community, and her practice was voted Best Lasik in Newport Beach for 2015.

If dry eyes are affecting your daily activities and you’re finally ready to address your symptoms, contact us or complete the form below to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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