Part 1 – Why Do Dry Eyes Occur?


Why do I have dry eyes? This is a very common question asked by many who suffer from dry eye pain.

You are not alone – up to 50% of adults experience regular dry eyes regularly; making this 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 and what can be done to help.

What is Dry Eye?

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

What Causes Dry Eye?

This condition 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. Thankfully, at our dry eye clinic, we offer our eye care patients several effective treatments including Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Lipiflow treatments.

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 Eye Syndrome

To learn more about dry eye syndrome or IPL and Lipiflow treatments for dry eyes, please visit our Dry Eye Clinic.

For additional information on the symptoms and causes of dry eyes, read this Mayo Clinic dry eye article.

Call our Unionville Optometry Dry Eye Clinic at 1-905-477-4488 to make an appointment with Dr. Krista, Dr. Mark, or Dr. David Innamorato or contact us online.

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