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Dry Eye Causes

Causes of Dry Eye

Dry eye is a widespread condition that affects millions of people worldwide. The condition is caused by one of two conditions:

  • Insufficient production of tears (aqueous dry eye)
  • Quick evaporation of tears (evaporative dry eye)

Tears are very important to eye health: they help protect the eyes from foreign debris by keeping them lubricated. Over-the-counter eye drops may provide temporary relief for occasional dry eyes, but if your dry eye condition persists, you may need help from a dry eye specialist. The root cause of your dry eye must be identified in order to provide the proper treatment.

Reasons Tear Film Can Be Impacted

There are many different reasons why tear film can be affected, leading to dry eye:

  • Poor tear quality in any of the tear layers
  • Meibomian gland dysfunction
  • Normal aging process
  • Long hours on a computer
  • Side effects of medications
  • Medical conditions
  • Hormonal changes
  • Laser vision surgery
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Second-hand or direct contact with smoking
  • Poor environmental conditions (wind, dry air)
  • Tear gland damage
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Dry Eye Causes

Dry Eye Treatment

Tears are very important to eye health: they help protect the eyes from foreign debris by keeping them lubricated. Over-the-counter eye drops...

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Dry Eye Symptoms

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Ocular (Eye) Allergies

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Eye allergy triggers such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, cigarette smoke and even perfume can cause eye irritation that ultimately leads to dry eye symptoms...

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Howard N. Greene, MD

Dr. Greene specializes in small-incision bladeless laser cataract surgery with the LenSx® femto laser, intraocular lens implants, LASIK, PRK, glaucoma medical and surgical care, and eyelid surgery. In addition, he treats evaporative dry eye and performs LipiFlow® procedures.

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Cataract Self-Evaluation

If you have less ability to focus or see clearly, if colors appear faded or dull, if you are having difficultly seeing clearly at night, or if your general vision seems cloudy or hazy, you may be a candidate for cataract surgery.
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Just a few minutes in our LASIK suite can result in years of visual freedom from glasses and contacts. Take our FREE LASIK self-evaluation test to find out if you're a candidate for this life-changing procedure.
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