Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a condition in which the eyes do not produce enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly, leading to discomfort and irritation. Common symptoms of dry eye syndrome include dryness, itching, burning, redness, watery eyes, and unstable vision.
While the most common cause of dry eye syndrome is meibomian gland dysfunction, dry eye can be caused by several other factors.
Medical Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome
Certain surgical procedures, such as LASIK and cataract surgery, can cause dryness in the eyes for various reasons.
Underlying medical conditions like diabetes, Sjogren’s Syndrome, and thyroid disorders can also contribute to dry eye symptoms.
Medication and Hormones
Certain medications, such as antihistamines, diuretics, and antidepressants, can cause dryness in the eyes as a side effect. Pregnant women and women going through menopause may also experience dry eye symptoms due to hormonal changes.
More Causes of Dry Eye
Seasonal changes, wind and dryness, and indoor heating systems can lead to dry eyes.
Additionally, reduced blinking when using digital devices and wearing contact lenses can cause symptoms of DES.
Eye infections can also contribute to dry eye symptoms. If you suspect an eye infection, it is essential to seek medical attention immediately.
Dry Eye Symptom Relief
If you are experiencing symptoms of dry eye syndrome, there are several things you can do to alleviate discomfort. Using artificial tears, taking frequent breaks when using digital devices, and avoiding environments with wind and dryness can all help.
Additionally, wearing sunglasses and using a humidifier in your home can help relieve symptoms.
However, keep in mind that attempting to self-treat dry eye syndrome may be unproductive, as the treatment heavily relies on what’s causing your condition. That’s why a thorough dry eye evaluation is the best plan of action for any person experiencing eye discomfort due to dry eye.
Call us at Midwest Dry Eye Center in Long Grove & Glenview and schedule a dry eye consultation today.