What is the main cause of Dry Eyes?
Dry eye can be caused by either a decrease in tear production or increased evaporation.
Screen time – do you stare at a screen frequently?
Aging – Tear production declines as you age.
Health – certain conditions can affect your ability to produce tears:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Thyroid disease
- Vitamin A deficiency
Eyelid problems – where the eyelids don’t close the way they are meant to.
Eye surgery – can change the surface of the eye and decrease tear production.
Lifestyle – wearing contact lenses, prolonged exposure to smartphones or computers, reading or driving for a long time and lack of sleep can contribute to dry eyes.
If not treated, dry eyes can cause complications like eye infections or permanent damage to the surface of the eye.