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.
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.
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