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Top 5 Causes of Dry Eye

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Top 5 Causes of Dry Eye

If you are looking for an eye doctor in the Northport area, then Main Street Optometry is the practice for you. We have served the area for years and have treated hundreds of people just like you for dry eye. What is dry eye, and what causes it? Read on to learn more.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome happens whenever the eye is unable to adequately maintain proper levels of moisture. It can be caused by a deficiency in the makeup of one’s tears, an inability to produce an adequate number of tears, and/or from excessive external irritants.

Common symptoms of dry eye include:

  • Feeling like something is in the eye
  • Itching
  • Blurred vision
  • Swollen, red lids
  • Light sensitivity
  • Burning sensation

Environmental Irritants

Environmental factors like allergens, dust, dry air, wind, or heat can all lead to dry eye. By disrupting the makeup of one’s tears or drying them before they can do what they are meant to, these environmental irritants can create an atmosphere ripe for dry eye syndrome.

Computer Vision

Prolonged use of electronics can lead to computer vision syndrome and dry eye. Dry eye is caused by the reduction in blinking that happens when engaged in electronic screen use as well as by the strain put on the eyes.

Medication Side Effects

Dry eye can be the side effect of certain medications as well. These include antihistamines, antidepressants, birth control pills, and nasal decongestants.

Medical Treatments

LASIK eye surgery and hormone replacement therapy are examples of medical treatments that can lead to dry eye. The balance of the eye is quite delicate and any disruption to the normal function of the body can lead to side effects like dry eye.

Contact Lens Misuse

Contact lenses are not designed to be worn for extended periods of time. If they are over worn, it can prevent proper lubrication of the eye and cause dry eye.

Schedule an Eye Exam for Dry Eye Relief

Our eye doctors can help diagnose and treat your dry eye syndrome. Call the caring, helpful staff of Main Street Optometry at 631-757-6190, stop by our office in Northport, or schedule an appointment online.

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