Dry eyes are the hallmark of dry eye syndrome, but they’re just one of the issues you could experience. Sometimes, dry eye syndrome can even cause blurred vision and threaten your general eye health, so it’s important to seek out a skilled optometrist, like Archima Major, OD, of Eye Innovations, as soon as you notice symptoms. Schedule your appointment by calling the office in Philadelphia or Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, today.
Dry eye syndrome is a condition in which you have a persistent lack of proper eye lubrication. This can trigger many symptoms, such as:
If you have dry eye syndrome, you might experience particular discomfort when sitting at the computer, reading, or trying to focus on a near-vision task.
There are a number of different causes, including:
Your eyes gradually lose lubricants over time. Most Americans over 65 have some symptoms associated with dry eye syndrome.
Many different medications, such as antihistamines, blood pressure drugs, and antidepressants, can dry up your natural tear film, leading to dry eye syndrome.
Hormone changes, whether it's because of menopause, pregnancy, or the use of hormone supplements, can trigger dry eye syndrome.
Some types of systemic diseases, such as diabetes, thyroid disease, and rheumatoid arthritis, are associated with dry eye syndrome.
Other eye problems, such as eyelid inflammation (blepharitis), inward-turning eyelids (entropion), and outward-turning eyelids (ectropion), can contribute to dry eye syndrome by exposing too much of your eye surface to air constantly.
Many environmental factors can contribute to dry eye syndrome, including heavy smoke, windy climates, and dry climates.
Excessive screen time or poor computer use habits can cause dry eye syndrome. The longer you stare fixedly at a screen every day, the more you're at risk for dry eyes.
No matter why you have dry eyes, Eye Innovations offers today’s most advanced solutions.
The Eye Innovations team treats dry eye syndrome with effective and noninvasive solutions, such as:
Some lifestyle changes, like reducing your time in front of the computer and taking short breaks to blink and refocus your eyes periodically, can also help with dry eye syndrome.
To get started on your dry eye syndrome treatment, call Eye Innovations, or use the online booking tool to request a visit at the location nearest you.