Having dry eyes can be incredibly uncomfortable and interfere with day-to-day activities. In some cases dry eyes are the result of serious underlying problems, and in other cases simple lifestyle changes could relieve your dry eyes. The first step to relief is finding out what is causing the problem. Keep reading to learn more about some of the reasons you could have dry eyes.
1. You Have Allergies
Dry eyes are often a side effect of allergies and exposure to pollution and toxins. Start by minimizing your exposure to polluted air, and do not smoke. You may also want to consider getting tested for allergies. Many allergens can be avoided and there may be medications available that can help ease your allergy symptoms..
2. You Spend A Lot Of Time Looking At Screens
Your eyes can get dry if you don’t blink often enough. This is a common issue for people who spend the day working at a computer or looking at screens. It can also happen when you’re reading. If your job requires you to spend a lot of time at the computer, be sure to take short breaks throughout the day to look away from the screen to give your eyes a break.You’re
3. Taking A Medication That Results In Dry Eyes
While some medications can relieve allergy symptoms and help prevent dry eyes, other medications may result in dry eyes a side effect. Some medications that may lead to dry eyes include antihistamines, blood pressure medication, birth control pills, and anti depressants.
4. You Have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Many cases of dry eyes are related to meibomian gland dysfunction. Glands in the eyelid normally produce oil called meibum, which keeps tears from evaporating too quickly. If these glands aren’t working properly your eyes could easily dry out. Your eye doctor can help you decide on a treatment plan if this is the cause behind your dry eyes.
5. There Is Something Else Wrong With Your Eyes
Dry eyes can also be the result of other eye problems such as inflammation, a scratch, or a lack of nutrients. If you have chronic dry eyes, schedule an appointment at Roholt Vision Institute to learn more and find relief.