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Top 5 Causes of Dry Eye

Top 5 Causes of Dry Eye

Dry eye is a common condition that affects between 5 and 15% of Americans. It makes eyes uncomfortable and can lead to more serious issues. By understanding the cause of dry eyes, you may be able to prevent the condition from occurring. At Naples Eye Physicians, dry eye treatment is one of many eye care services we offer. With more than 50 years in business, we have the knowledge and experience you expect from your ophthalmologist.

Aging

As you age, your eyes are less likely to produce tears of sufficient quality and quantity.  This is why your risk of experiencing dry eye increase significantly with age. 2.7% of young people suffer from dry eye while 18.7% of people over 75 experience the condition.

Gender

Dry eye is more common in women than in men. There are several reasons for this statistic. First, women are more likely to seek treatment and thus are counted in the statistics. Since women live longer than men and dry eye is more common in the elderly, there are more elderly women than men. Hormonal changes in women also affect tear production.

Medical Conditions

Dry eye can be caused by several diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid disorders, allergic eye disease, and vitamin A deficiency.

Medication

Some medications that millions of people take can cause dry eyes. These include antidepressants, antihistamines, Parkinson's disease medication, hormone replacement therapy, high blood pressure medication, and birth control.

Environment

If you live in a dry climate, add moisture to the air in your home. Try to avoid having airflow directly to your eyes. When you are looking at a computer screen, take a break every few minutes to blink. Try to remember to blink and wear sunglasses when you are out in the sun.

Contact Our Ophthalmologist in Naples for Dry Eye Treatment

For more information on dry eye treatment or to schedule an appointment with our ophthalmologist, call Naples Eye Physicians today at (239) 262-6288.