As part of National Healthy Aging month, we’ll be talking about age-related eye conditions on our blog all month. First in the series will be Dry Eye.
Dry eye is a persistent condition that affects millions of Americans.
The risk of developing dry eye, or keratoconjunctivitis sicca, increases with age. It happens when there is not enough tears to keep the surface of the eye lubricated.
When we blink, our eyes naturally lubricate themselves by flowing out tears across the entire surface of the front of the eye. A dry eye issue happens when glands located near each eye do not produce enough or producing poor quality tears. Sometimes, the composition of the tears may not provide an adequate amount of moisture for the eyes, thus, resulting in dry eye syndrome.
Aging Eyes: Dry eye is more common in those aged 50+ because the risk of less production of tears increases. Changes to hormone levels in woman can also be a determining factor
Too much ‘Tech’ Time: When we are staring at our devices all day we often forget to blink for long periods of time, leading to dry eye
Environmental Factors: Allergy season, dust and many other external factors such as temperature can cause a change in how our bodies produce tears
Certain Medications: A large number of prescription and over-the-counter medications have been found to cause symptoms of dry eye
Pre-existing Medical Conditions: Autoimmune and other disorders such as Diabetes are often related to dry eye
Laser Eye Surgery: Vision correction surgeries often result in temporary dry eye symptoms
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