Nearly 30% of people are affected by dry eyes, and there is no doubt that it can be painful and irritating. Your eyes will feel tired, look red, and feel itchy and dry. This can lead to a lethargy in the whole body in time too.
Double or blurred vision, stinging, burning, and sensitivity are some of the other symptoms that come with dry eye syndrome and it can cause discomfort and the overall quality of your life.
Dry eyes can affect any person of any age though it is thought to affect those over the age of 50 more prominently. Women who are going through menopause are also likely to develop dry eyes due to hormonal changes.
The environment is also a reason behind dry eyes; if you work or live in a place with dry air, or live in a place that is at high-altitude you are more likely to develop dry eye syndrome. A dehumidifier in the home or your workspace can help relieve symptoms.
Contact lenses can cause irritation to the surface of the eye, most especially soft lenses as these absorb the moisture in the eye. Generally, if you have just started wearing lenses, or you have changed brands it can cause irritation for the first few days. You may need to consider glasses if they are constantly irritating your eyes.
Some medications such as antidepressants and birth control can have side effects including dry eyes. Some conditions such as diabetes, shingles, and rheumatoid arthritis can also cause symptoms of dry eyes.
Unfortunately, there is no real way to prevent dry eyes. If you are suffering from the condition though, there are plenty of treatment options you can try to help relieve your symptoms. These can include prescription eye drops, special lenses, and surgery. By altering your diet you can also improve symptoms – omega-3 fatty acids help lubricate your eyes naturally. These can be found in salmon, tuna, olive oil, soybeans, cauliflower, and walnuts.
If it is just an occasional issue and isn’t causing you pain, you can use OTC eye drops to help relieve your symptoms.
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