If your eyes are red, gritty, irritated, and generally dry, you are not alone. Lots of people suffer from these symptoms as part of a condition called dry eye syndrome. Here at Ardmore Premier Eyecare, we offer a brief window into the causes of this annoying and sometimes painful optometry condition.
Staring at a screen all day is a common cause of dry eye. We blink less often when looking at electronic devices, and there are other potential reasons why this may occur, as well. Reducing computer use or taking regular breaks can help if this is the cause of your symptoms.
Contact Lens Use
It is not completely understood how contact lenses affect the eyes, but sensations of dry eye are one of the top reasons that people stop wearing them. Most people can find a suitable type of contacts with enough time and patience, but it may not be the first one that you try.
For whatever reason, dry eye syndrome is more common in people over the age of 50. In addition to the base increase in cases, some other risk factors for dry eye also increase with age, such as being of post-menopausal age (for women), taking medications (for both genders), or having certain health conditions.
Dry air, especially if that air is being circulated past your eyes, can be a major cause of dry eye. People who are frequent fliers, who work in air-conditioned environments and those who are exposed to particulates in the air may also suffer from dry eye. Cigarette smoke, pollution, and dust are some common particulates that may dry out your eyes.
Optometry Treatments for Dry Eye
If you are suffering from dry eye, our optometry clinic can help you find relief. Regular eye exams are a great way to stay on top of your overall eye health and reduce symptoms from conditions such as dry eyes. To schedule your exam here at Ardmore Premier Eyecare, call (580) 223-8585 today!