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Dry Eyes

Posted at January 4, 2013 | By : | Categories : Eye Health Tips,Eye Problems | 0 Comment

Problematic dry eyes are one of the most common problems reported to eye doctors.  Dry eyes result from either a decrease in the amount of tear production, or the quality or composition of the tears produced.

Dry Eyes

Dry, Irritated Eyes

Common Symptoms of Dry Eyes

Common symptoms of dry eyes may include blurred or variable vision, sensitivity to light, dryness, burning, stinging, gritty or foreign body sensations.  Occasionally, the dry eye patient may experience a paradoxical excess or “reflex” tearing caused by the underlying eye surface irritation.

Causes of Problematic Dry Eyes

  • advancing age
  • allergies
  • poor diet
  • heating/cooling environmental circumstances
  • normal hormonal changes
  • health status such as diabetes
  • arthritis
  • lupus
  • thyroid dysfunction
  • chemotherapy
  • radiation
  • acne rosacea
  • contact lens use
  • computer use
  • history of LASIK surgery

Additionally, certain medications can contribute to dry eye symptoms such as

  • antidepressants
  • antihistamines
  • decongestants
  • acne treatments
  • diuretics
  • blood pressure medications

Treating Dry Eyes

Treatment of this condition may include artificial tears, gels and/or lubricating ointments at bedtime, daily eyelid hygiene scrubs, a prescribed medication regimes such as mild ocular steroids and tear enhancement medications like Restasis,nutritional supplements such as Omega-3 essential fatty acid and flaxseed oil, and punctal (tear drainage) occlusion of the eyelid to retain moisture.

As you can see, the causes and possible treatment options for dry eyes are complex.  At West Florida Eye Care, an individual treatment plan will be formulated for you based on severity and known causes by our professional staff.


Al Azizi, O.D.
Dry Eyes Specialist
Medical Director of West Florida Eye
Offices in Ft. Myers and Lehigh

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