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What are the causes of Dry Eye?

Dry eyes can come from multiple causes:

  • An imbalance in the tear system
  • Situations that dry out the tear film due to dry air from air conditioning, heat, or other environmental factors
  • The natural aging process, especially menopause
  • Side effects of certain drugs such as antihistamines and birth control pills
  • Diseases that affect the ability to make tears, such as Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Structural problems with the eyelids that don’t allow them to close properly

Be sure to tell your ophthalmologist the names of all the medications you are taking as a variety of common medicines can cause dry eye by reducing tear secretion. Consult your doctor if you are using:

  • Diuretics for high blood pressure
  • Beta-blockers for heart or high blood pressure
  • Antihistamines for allergies
  • Sleeping pills
  • Medications for nerves
  • Pain relievers

Since these medications are often necessary, the dry eye condition may have to be tolerated or treated with eye drops called artificial tears.

Do you have questions about dry eye syndrome and would like to speak to a doctor? Contact us online to set up an appointment to meet with a Dry Eye Specialist today.”

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