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Top Causes of Dry Eye

If you have dry eyes, don't take your vision for granted. Dry eyes may affect your ability to drive or read. If so, you have persistent dry eyes, and it's time to get help. At Eye Health Group in Springfield, NJ, our optometry team can help you understand what's causing your condition and how to improve it. Keep reading to learn more about the top causes of dry eyes.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Those with dry eye syndrome have low-quality tear production. Tears create a film in your eye consisting of oil, water and mucous. If any of these components are low, you may experience eye irritation, blurred vision, and a constant feeling that you have something in your eye.

Common Causes of Dry Eye

After age 50, tear production slows. Here are the main factors that bring on early dry eye syndrome:

Environmental Factors

Smoke, wind and dry weather evaporate tear quickly.

Medications

Antihistamines are great at fighting allergies, including watery eyes. If your antihistamine or other medication causes your eyes to dry out, you may need to use artificial tears to compensate.

Common medications that can lead to dry eyes include antidepressants, acne treatments, blood pressure, birth control and decongestants, our optometry team can assess your symptoms and offer a solution.

Contact Lenses

When you keep contacts in too long, it disrupts the oxygen flow to your eyes. This often leads to dry eyes.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)

MGD describes a condition where a blockage interrupts the production of oil in your eye. Detecting the symptoms early may prevent permanent gland loss.

Blepharitis

Bacteria overgrowth along the eyelash line can lead to oil gland inflammation. This contributes to dry eye symptoms.

Contact Us for Dry Eye Treatment in Springfield

To prevent corneal scratches, vision complications and ulcers, contact our optometry team at the Eye Health Group, serving Springfield and the surrounding area. We can provide treatment options that eliminate dry eyes.

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