Dry eyes are a very common occurrence and they often occur when there aren’t enough tears in your eyes. This can be due to tears not being produced enough, or tears evaporating too quickly. It can be caused by a number of different factors.
Dry eye syndrome usually occurs in both eyes, and it can be characterised by various symptoms including soreness or a gritty feeling in your eyes. You might also notice redness, sticky eyelids or blurry vision.
What causes dry eyes?
Tear production in the eyes can be affected by a number of environmental and lifestyle factors, and it can be helpful to be aware of them. Hormonal changes may affect your tear production, which can happen if you’re taking any contraceptive medicine or pregnant.
Ageing can also be a factor, as you grow older you produce fewer tears. Environmental factors like a dry climate, wind or high altitude can also contribute towards dry eyes.
In some cases, wearing contact lenses can cause irritation which may lead to dry eye syndrome.
How to treat dry eyes
Dry eyes can be managed by a number of different solutions. Lubricant treatments can be used to treat mild or moderate occurrences, or there are more long-lasting solutions available if required.
If you suffer from dry eyes, it’s important to get in touch and book an appointment for an eye examination. We can take a look at your symptoms and discuss the different treatment options for you. Don’t suffer with dry eye syndrome; let us help your eyes on the way to recovery.
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