Dry eyes can be painful and irritating. It is not life-threatening but for most people, dealing with dry eyes can be so hard. Dry eyes are caused by reduced tear production but the underlying of this reduction can be caused by many different things. These are the most common reasons:
For women who have reached menopause, reduced tear production can be caused by hormonal changes in the body. Naturally, however, whether you are male or female, old age slows down the production of tears and therefore most people over the age of 50 will experience dry eyes.
Some medications have dry eye inducing side effects. Drugs for depression, stomach ulcers, and high blood pressure are the most commonly associated with dry eyes. While people prone to dry eyes are almost guaranteed to experience these side effects, it can also affect people with no prior history of dry eyes.
3. Your Environment
If you live in a high-altitude or dry environment, you can be susceptible to dry eyes. Dust in the wind can also be to blame for dry eyes.
Contact lenses can dry out your eyes if you are a first-time user or if you are trying a new brand and are not used to them. If the problem extends past your first few uses you may need to consider wearing glasses.
If you have undergone laser eye surgery, dry eyes can affect you for a time. Thankfully, it is not a permanent side effect and will clear up by itself.
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