31 Aug Why Do Dry Eyes Occur? Part 1

Are you suffering from dry eye pain?

You are not alone – it is very common with up to 50% of adults experiencing regular dry eye symptoms; making it one of the most common reasons for a visit to the eye doctor.

If your eyes are watery, burning, scratchy, itchy, light sensitive, red, and or strained, our Markham optometrists highly recommend a comprehensive eye exam.

In the next several blog articles, our Markham optometrists will explore many of the common reasons for dry eyes.

What is Dry Eye?

  • Decreased tear production
  • Improper balance of tear composition causing your tears to evaporate quickly

What Causes Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes can occur as a result of several reasons:

  • Aging
  • Certain medications including antidepressants, allergy and cold medication, blood pressure medication, birth control
  • Systemic conditions including arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome, diabetes, thyroid disorder
  • Environmental conditions

Common Dry Eye Symptoms

Here are some other dry eye symptoms that you shouldn’t ignore:

  • Burning eyes
  • Fatigued, tired, or sore eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Aching eyes
  • Heavy eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Blurred vision

These conditions may result from a number of different environmental and health related factors.

In our next post, we’ll discuss some of the common health related causes of dry eyes including aging, allergies, medications and diseases.

Still Have Questions about Dry Eyes

Call our Unionville optometry office at 1-905-477-4488 to make an appointment with Dr. Krista, Dr. Mark, or Dr. David Innamorato or contact us online. For more information on this subject, please check out our Dry Eyes page in our Vision Library.

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