Having dry eye is frustrating and it can sometimes be painful as this condition is frequently accompanied by stinging, redness, excessive crying, or a gritty sensation. If you suffer from dry eye, it's important to schedule an appointment with your local Southfield, Livonia, or Dearborn ophthalmologist office. A licensed optometrist from Michigan Eyecare Institute will be able to determine what is causing your dry eye and quickly get you on the road to recovery. Below is a look at some of the most common causes of dry eye and their recommended treatment.
The Common Causes of Dry Eye
Computer use: People who work in offices or who otherwise spend a significant portion of their day looking at a computer, often suffer from dry eye as they tend to blink less often. An easy solution is to simply consciously blink more often or to use an artificial tears product.
Laser surgery: Before you undergo any type of eye surgery, your ophthalmologist will speak with you about all the risks and potential side effects. One of the most common side effects of laser surgery they are likely to mention is dry eye. This side effect is caused due to the procedure cutting away some of the nerves in the cornea. Often, dry eye following laser surgery will be resolved within a month and can be alleviated with prescription lubricating eye drops.
Winter season: It's not uncommon for people to only have issues with dry eye during the winter. In fact, there's a lot of good reasons for why this is the case. Colder temperatures and higher wind conditions cause tears to more quickly evaporate, thereby leading to excessively dry eyes. Then, when you go inside, the dry heat and low humidity conditions common in homes using central and space heaters cause the same issue in a different manner. Wear sunglasses outside and use lubricating eye drops to resolve this type of dry eye.
Autoimmune diseases: There are several autoimmune diseases that result in dry eye. Sjogren's syndrome is one of the more severe ones in which white blood cells attack the tear glands reducing tear production. This is a serious cause of dry eye and it's important to schedule an ophthalmologist appointment to treat it so that you can receive a prescription for a steroid eye drop. More serious cases often require surgery. Other types of autoimmune diseases that can cause severe dry eye include diabetes, arthritis, and lupus.
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