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Dry eyes

Find out causes dry eye syndrome, the common symptoms and how it can be treated

Dry eye syndrome is when tear production is lower than it should be, or the tears evaporate too fast.   

It is a very common condition that affects many people at some time in their life. According to the NHS, up to a third of people age 65 or older may have dry eye syndrome. You are more likely to develop dry eye syndrome as you get older, and it is more common in women, people with connective tissue disorder and contact lens wearers.

If your eyes are dry, you might experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Itching;
  • Pain;
  • A feeling of grit in your eye;
  • Redness;
  • Blurriness;
  • Sensitivity to light and
  • Feeling your eyes watering more than usual.

The following factors can contribute to dry eye syndrome:

  • Age, especially if you are over 50;
  • Wearing contact lenses;
  • Looking at computer screens for long periods of time;
  • Spending time in rooms that are heated or use air conditioning;
  • The weather;
  • Dust;
  • Allergies;
  • Smoking;
  • Drinking alcohol;
  • Certain medications and
  • Certain medical conditions.

Dry eyes can sometimes be treated by finding the root cause and amending your lifestyle. This could involve reducing the time spent in certain environments, wearing contact lenses less or protecting your eyes.  

Your doctor might also recommend using medicines such as gels, drops or allergy tablets. If your dry eyes continue, they might refer you for some further tests to determine if there are any underlying conditions affecting your eyes. 

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Your dry eye treatment will provide the best possible outcome, along with excellent value for money, to help improve your quality of life.

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