What Causes Dry Eyes?

By: | Monday, December 30th, 2013 | Blog

Monday, December 30th, 2013


There are millions of people all over the world who are suffering from dry eyes. The Cornea Consultants of Arizona treats dry eyes after performing a test that measures the amount of tears your eye produces. Although there are some causes of dry eyes that you cannot modify such as genetics and the normal aging process, there are also some behaviors that you can stay away from in order to minimize your chances of having dry eyes in Arizona.

Excessive use of contact lenses

Individuals who wear contact lenses very often have higher risks of developing dry eyes. The tear film is absorbed by contact lenses, promoting the evaporation of tears.

Environmental factors

Constant exposure to windy or dusty environments increase chances of having dry eyes. Also, dry eyes can be caused by regular use of air conditioners. Staying in an environemnt where there is low humidity causes an increase in the evaporation of moisture in the cornea. This is why a lot of people suffer from dry eyes during summer and winter. Pollution, cigarette smoking, and dust also contribute to dry eyes.

Certain medications

There are medications that can cause dry eyes such as antihistamines, pain relievers, oral contraceptives, and diuretics.

Extended hours of computer use

Facing the compute for extended hours can lead to dry eyes. If you may have noticed, you have a tendency to blink less when you face the computer for several hours.

Deficiency in vitamin A

A symptom of vitamin A deficiency is night blindness. When vitamin A deficiency is severe and is not corrected over a long period of time, it will not only cause dry eyes, but can also lead to irreversible blindness.

For more information on dry eyes, contact the Cornea Consultants of Arizona at 602-258-4321. Take good care of your eyes and your vision by setting up an appointment today and knowing how you can deal with dry eyes.

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