Dry eyes are caused by lack of moisture to lubricate and nourish the eye. Blinking and spreading tears across the front of your eyes are important for maintaining eye health and providing clear vision.
- Itchy and Scratching Feeling
- Burning Eyes
- Gritty Feeling
- Blurred Vision
- Excess Watering
Age – As you age your tear production and drainage can be affected.
Medication – Many medicines including allergy and cold medicine can reduce the amount of tears produced in the eyes causing dryness.
Medical Condition – Pregnancy, diabetes, and thyroid problems can also increase likeness to experience dry eyes.
Environmental Conditions – Spoke, wind and dry climates can result in evaporation of tears and dry eyes. Not blinking regularly such as staring at a computer for long period of time can also lead to dry eyes.
Artificial Tear Eye Drops is the most common treatment. Many over the counter artificial tear solutions are a good way to supplement tear production. Gel tears can also be used at night
Omega 3 Fish Oil and Vitamins – Nutritional supplements have shown to help with dry eyes.
Prescription Eye Drops – If over the counter solutions are not working your eye doctor may recommend a prescription eye drop to help increase the tear production.