What Are Common Reasons for Dry Eyes?
You may be more likely to suffer from dry eyes if any of the following apply:
- Age: People over 50 are more likely to suffer from dry eyes, as tear production slows down and tear quality changes.
- Medications: If you’re taking certain medications like antihistamines (allergy medication), nasal decongestants, antidepressants or birth control
- Hormonal changes: Low level of androgens or high level of estrogen
- Medical conditions: Medical conditions such as diabetes, Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, seasonal allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
- Environmental conditions: Heated or air conditioned environments, wind, low humidity, air travel or arid conditions like a hot, sunny summer day
- Eye conditions, injuries and vision correction: Long-term contact lens wear, blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction, or LASIK surgery
- Occupational reasons: Screen usage, causing infrequent blinking due to staring at a screen
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eyes?
The symptoms of dry eyes can be different in every person. You may have different symptoms at different times, but in general you may experience:
- Burning or stinging eyes
- Eye redness
- Sandy or scratchy sensation in your eyes — you may feel like you have something caught in your eyes
- Tired eyes or blurry vision
- Itchy eyes
- Watery or gummy eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty driving at night
- Discomfort when wearing contact lenses
No matter what the cause, if the symptoms of dry eyes are bothering you and affecting your quality of life, then you should do something about it. hydraSense® Eye Drops can provide you with the symptom relief you are looking for.