Causes of Chronic Dry Eye

Several factors can cause common dry eye syndrome – a condition where you don’t have enough quality tears to keep your eyes moist. This condition typically causes irritation, burning, and constant scratching of the eyes. In some cases, one may experience blurry vision. While these side-effects may not seem to series, chronic dry eye can cause major vision problems. Tears prevent infections, wash out unnecessary debris and keep your eyes functioning normally. This condition left untreated may damage the cornea (the front of the eye) and impair the vision.

Below Are The Most Common Causes of Chronic Dry Eye:

Medications & Medical Conditions
Chronic dry eyes are commonly a symptom of a prescribed medication or medical condition. Many medications like antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, and decongestants can cause reduced tear production. Diabetes, arthritis, and thyroid diseases can also cause chronic dry eye.

Age
Unfortunately, one of the most common causes of chronic dry eye is your age. As you age, the risk of having dry eyes tends to increase. For some, it is a natural part of aging and for others, it can be unbearable making treatment necessary.

Screen Time
Technology is becoming more readily available; our dependence is growing, and we seem to be permanently connected. Whether you are staring at a smartphone, computer, or tablet, high screen time can cause chronic dry eye. Specifically, computer vision syndrome contributes to many eye diseases. If you are having symptoms of dry eye, spending more time behind a screen will likely make it worse.

Eye Makeup
Another common cause of chronic dry eyes is makeup. Whether you apply eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara, or foundation, particles from the makeup can migrate into your eyes. This can cause irritation and dryness causing tears to evaporate more quickly. If you are experiencing dry eyes, it is best to avoid makeup until your symptoms clear up.

If your eyes are dry, irritated, or you are experiencing blurry vision, contact Vision Associates at 419-578-2020 to schedule an eye exam. Our eye doctors will thoroughly examine your eyes to determine if the dryness is caused by an underlying disease, aging, or another abnormality. Once the cause is identified, a remedy will be prescribed.

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