Dry Eyes? There’s Help!

Dry Eye Syndrome is more common in older adults and in those with autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis.

Wearing glasses or contact lenses and smoking cigarettes may increase your risk for dry eye syndrome. Dry eyes also may be caused by certain medications, such as diuretics, antihistamines, decongestants, and antidepressants.

Try a nonprescription artificial tears solution, such as Akwa Tears, Duratears, or HypoTears. Do not use eyedrops that reduce redness (such as Visine) to treat dry eyes. If artificial tears do not help, call a health professional. Excessive dryness can damage your eyes.

Your Sanford eye professional can help you find treatment for dry eye syndrome. Don’t ignore the symptoms or just put up with it – protecting your eye’s health is important. We’re here to help.

Posted Date: February 2011

Dry Eyes? There’s Help!

Dry eye syndrome occurs when the tear glands do not produce enough tears, causing your eyes to feel itchy, scratchy, and irritated. If artificial tears don’t help, talk to your Sanford eye professional.