Several factors can contribute to dry eye problems. Your optometrist can help with medications and therapies to increase the quality and quantity of your tears. At ClearView Eyecare in Bellingham, WA, we offer treatment for dry eye problems. Here are 5 common causes of dry eye issues.
Aging can cause a reduction in eye fluid, which can lead to dryness of the eyes. In addition, changes in hormone levels can also cause a reduction in eye fluid production.
Looking at digital screens causes people to blink less frequently, a habit that keeps moisture from being distributed over the eye's surface. Eye health experts recommend looking away from digital screens frequently and blinking more often to prevent dry eye issues.
Some types of medications can cause dry eyes. These drugs include antihistamines for allergies, antidepressants, beta-blockers, birth control pills, decongestants, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers.
An autoimmune system disorder called Sjogren’s syndrome can occur that causes white blood cells to attack salivary and tear glands. This can lead to dry eye problems. Other immune system problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, and lupus can also result in insufficient tear production.
Individuals who work outdoors in dry, dusty environments, or indoors in dusty conditions, may develop dry eyes because of the constant drying out of tissues. Being outdoors in windy conditions can also cause dry, uncomfortable eyes. Goggles or glasses can help to protect the eyes from drying conditions. You can also use moisturizing eye drops to maintain proper fluid levels on the eye surface.
Our optometrists at EyeLove Family Eyecare & Optical use their extensive training and experience to ensure good vision for our patients in Fayetteville, AR, and the surrounding areas. We offer many optometry services, including comprehensive eye exams, eyeglass fitting, contact lens fitting, vision therapy, sports vision care, and treatment of eye injuries. Call ClearView Eyecare today at (360) 392-8306 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.
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