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Why Are My Eyes Dry? A Brief Introduction to Dry Eye.

Why Are My Eyes Dry? A Brief Introduction to Dry Eye.

Dry eye is a common condition, affecting at least 6.8 percent of the U.S. adult population. If you’ve been experiencing dry, scratchy eyes lately, you might be one of them. Symptoms of dry eye include: A stinging, scratchy, or burning sensation in your eyesFeeling like something is stuck inside your eyesExcess watering, or tearingBlurred visionDifficulty wearing contact lensesIncreased sensitivity to lightEye redness These symptoms can vary from person to person and don’t necessarily predict the presence and severity of dry eye disease. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to talk to your ophthalmologist. So why are my eyes dry? Healthy eyes are constantly producing tears to keep themselves lubricated. When eyes fail to produce these tears – or produce the wrong kind of tears – dry eye symptoms can arise. There are multiple factors that can result in dry eyes. You’re getting older Tear production often diminishes with age – in the fact, most people over age 65 have at least some symptoms of dry eye. Hormones associated with menopause can also trigger the condition. Your tears are poor quality Tears are composed of oil, water, and mucus. Oftentimes, people with dry eye disease have difficulties producing the water layer of their tears, resulting in tears that evaporate too quickly or fail to spread evenly over the cornea. You’re taking certain medications Medication can often influence the eye’s ability to make tears. Antihistamines,...