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What causes dry eyes and how can I prevent it?
What Causes Dry Eyes
Tears are a necessary part of good eye health as they continuously bathe the eyes and wash out dust or other debris that might be collecting. They keep the eye from growing bacteria or other germs. There are several causes of dry eyes where not enough tears are being produced; or they evaporate too quickly.
One cause could be menopause or the natural aging process. If you take antihistamines or antidepressants, you also might experience a drying of the eyes. Do you live in a dusty or windy climate, or work in air conditioning or have a very dry heating system? Are you on birth control pills?
People who donâ€™t blink enough might also experience dry eye. The computer screen can cause us to just stare and do our work and not give our eye a chance to rest. If you have been wearing your contact lenses for a long time you can also experience dry eyes.
That is why we recommend the frequent use of eye drops and lubricants to assist with the condition of dry eyes.
Eye doctors say this is the most common complaint among contact lens wearers. You might want to switch contacts and see if the problem clears. Dry eye syndrome can be very uncomfortable so the doctor might prescribe artificial tears.
If the eye is dry because of environmental reasons, wear sunglasses when going outside. Purchase a humidifier for the indoors if your atmosphere is too dry. The eye problem may also be nutritional so eat more cold water fish and your eyes may clear up.
If you are considering LASIK surgery, you might not be a candidate and be sure to make sure you physician takes care of the dry eye problems before you even think about the surgery procedure.
How Can I Prevent It
lenses are great. They help you see and rid you of having to wear
glasses. But, sometimes you can run into issues such as dry eyes. If
you've ever had contacts and had this happen to you and you were a
beginner at contact lenses, you may have said you were never going to
wear them again. Or perhaps you are a seasoned vet and have had your
contacts for years, and once in a blue moon you've had this happen â€“ you
might not know why you just know it's annoying! Primarily when it
comes to contact lenses, dryness or discomfort can occur for any number
of reasons. One thing you should know is that caring for and
maintaining your contacts is always important. It doesn't matter if you
have had them for a week or 10 years! The guidelines in which your
doctor gave you will keep the contacts like new will prevent them from
getting cracked or torn, and they will keep your eyes from getting
swollen, red, itchy, dry or worse â€“ infected. Here are a few tips you
should be aware of if you've ever experienced dry eyes and how to fix
if you have had these contacts or this particular size for a while now,
it's probably not that the fit is wrong. But, if you are newer to
contacts, you might not have the proper size. You have to remember that
the contacts are unique to you just like your eyes are unique in shape
and size to you as well. Initially, when you went to the eye care
business, they should have measured your eyes to make sure that you had a
proper size. If they did not do this, you might want to call them and
tell them you are having issues. You can usually tell when your
contacts don't fit right because of dryness in the eyes, slight
irritation, pain, fluctuations in vision or it might feel like you've
got something in your eye. Once you call your eye care provider, they
should re-examine your eyes and re-take the measurements to make sure
that they have the right fit.
Dry Eyes Because Of The Contact Lenses
contact lenses are amazing, they also can make it to where your eyes
don't produce enough lubrication to keep your eyes wet and moist. If
you wear contacts and have experienced dryness while they are in your
eyes, or while they are out, consider buying a lubricating or rewetting
solution. You can find these in most stores offline, but if you decided
to buy contact lenses online you should also be able to find some
rewetting solutions on the site you bought the contacts from, or you can
try another website like Amazon.
you live in a location with a lot of smog or dust these things can make
your eyes dry and in conjunction with the lack of wetness that contacts
can cause, you might begin to experience things like itchiness,
redness, dryness and irritation to your eyes. To fix something like
this, please consider cleaning your contacts more than just before bed
and after you wake up. You also might want to start doing a midday
cleaning right before or after lunch to make sure that you remove any
build up on the lenses. Also, if you have one use daily wear contacts,
ensure that you are disposing of these when you are supposed to.
you have other symptoms not mentioned here, such as oozing, puss, or
any discharge is coming from your eye, you have an infection that needs
to be checked out immediately. Call the doctor you got the contacts
from and make an appointment to see him and make sure that you leave the
contacts out until you go to the appointment!