Dry Eye Syndrome
Chronic or temporary dry-eye can be highly uncomfortable, and can even lead to further infection and complications in your eyes. There are many different causes of dry-eye syndrome. Some may have a genetic predisposition to dry-eye syndrome, but many suffer from dry eye due to lifestyle or other external factors. Smoking, extended computer use, contact lens wear, side effects from medications, and side effects from Lasik surgery can all cause temporary or chronic dry-eye syndrome. Individuals suffering from autoimmune disorders and thyroid diseases also may experience dry eye problems. Finally, it’s rather common for post menopausal women to experience chronic dry-eye syndrome.
Dry Eye Treatments
Most dry eye can be relieved temporarily with re-wetting drops and optical lubricants. Some brands also manufacture supplements specifically to combat underlying causes behind dry-eye syndrome. For more severe cases, some may undergo a procedure to add tear-duct plugs, which will assist in retaining more natural moisture in the eyes. For minor non-medical relief of dry-eye, eliminating dry air, avoiding windy conditions, and avoiding looking directly into the sun can reduce the effects of dry-eye. Adding plants and humidifiers to a home can increase overall moisture in the air, and being conscious to sit away from smoke, air ducts, and fans will help reduce environmental contributors to dry eye syndrome.