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Why are my eyes always dry?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, 5:19 am

Having dry eyes can be very annoying and uncomfortable – but is it something you should see a doctor about? Here are some things you should know if you have dry eyes. 

What causes dry eyes?

Dry eyes can be caused by many different things, including aging and certain medications and medical conditions. Medications such as some antidepressants, drugs for high blood pressure, and antihistamines can make eyes dry; some medical conditions that can cause dry eye include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, and thyroid disorders. However, dry eyes can also be caused by something as simple as dry air or blinking less often, as people often do when they are in front of the computer or driving for a long time. 

Women, people older than 50, contact wearers, and people who don’t get enough vitamin A are more at risk for dry eyes. 

What can you do about dry eyes?

There are some simple things you can try at home and at the office to keep your eyes from getting dry. These include adding moisture to the air with a humidifier, remembering to take breaks (during which you close your eyes for a few minutes) when you are working at the computer for a long time, and stop smoking and avoid people who do. Artificial tears, which you can buy over the counter, and wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun and wind can also help. 

If you never seem to find any relief from dry eyes no matter what you try, if your eyes are in pain or are always bothering you, or if your dry eyes are keeping you from doing your everyday tasks, it may be time to see your doctor. Dry eye, if it becomes advanced, can cause eye infections and damage to the eye and can affect vision. 

If you are tired of having dry eyes all the time and home remedies don’t help, the staff at Marion Eye Center and Optical can help to diagnose what is causing your dry eyes and then can help you to find relief. Call the office in Illinois at 800-344-7058 or the office in Missouri at 877-269-4545 for an appointment today!

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