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Factors Associated With Dry Eye Syndrome

There are numerous factors that can make you more prone to having dry eyes. Some of these factors are:

  1. Extended Computer Use

When using a computer, laptop or any portable device with a screen like a smartphone or a tablet, our eyes tend to blink less frequently and less thoroughly, which leads to an increased rate of tear evaporation. Low tear quantities result in dry eyes.

  1. Wearing Contact Lenses

It is not easy to determine how much wearing contact lenses contributes to dry eye symptoms. However, one of the main reasons why people stop wearing contact lenses is dry eye discomfort.

  1. Aging

People of all ages can suffer from dry eye syndrome. However, the older you get (especially if you are over 50), the more likely you are to suffer from the condition.

  1. Menopause

Women who have reached menopause are at a higher risk of suffering from dry eye syndrome than men of similar age.

  1. Indoor Environments

Most indoor spaces have lower levels of humidity due to air conditioning systems and ceiling fans expelling water from the air. Low-humidity air promotes/increases tear evaporation which leads to dry eye syndrome.

  1. Outdoor Environments

Dry, windy and arid outdoor environments can all increase the risk of dry eye syndrome. Also, people who fly often, such as pilots, can be exposed to extremely dry and windy air which results in dry eyes.

  1. Smoking

Apart from causing dry eyes, smoking is also known to cause a plethora of other eyes problems such as uveitis, cataracts and macular degeneration. Smoking is not good for your eyes.

  1. Health Conditions

Certain chronic and systemic health conditions like Sjogren's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, diabetes and thyroid-linked diseases are known to cause dryness in the eyes.

  1. Medication

Both prescription and non-prescription drugs like birth control pills, blood pressures medication, antidepressants, and antihistamines can increase your risk of suffering from dry eye syndrome.

  1. Eyelid Problems

Not completely closing your eyelids when blinking or during sleep - a condition known as lagophthalmos - can also lead to dry eyes. Lagophthalmos is said to be caused by aging and also cosmetic procedures among other cause. If left untreated, the condition can cause corneal ulcers in the affected eye(s).

On top of this, there are certain medical procedures like corneal refractive surgeries and LASIK surgeries that can increase the risk of suffering from dry eye syndrome. However, the dry-eye discomfort that arises from these procedures is usually expected to last for weeks.

People who suffer from dry eye syndrome should consult their doctor before undergoing any of the above-mentioned procedure as you may benefit the most from specialty contacts.