Have Dry Eyes? Find Out Why

Having dry eyes can be bothersome. With this condition, it is often difficult to get through the day without your eyes feeling easily tired and uncomfortable. There are several reasons why one can experience this eye problem.

Aging and Its Side Effects

As we age, a lot of changes in our body occurs — and most of them we do not want. Unfortunately, dry eyes is one of them. Here are some of the conditions that may cause your eyes to produce lesser tears.

  • Being older than 50. As you get older, tear production tends to decrease, which makes dry eyes common among people who are older than 50.
  • Past the menopausal stage. Women who are on the menopausal stage commonly experience a lack of tears. This could be due to certain hormonal changes in their bodies.

An Underlying Medical Condition

Some medical conditions can also reduce tear production. Medical conditions that are associated with dry eyes include diabetes, thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, lupus, and vitamin A deficiency. Furthermore, a person who has damaged or inflamed tear glands may also experience poor tear production.

Previous Eye Surgeries

There is a great chance for an individual to experience dry eyes if he or she has had a laser eye surgery, or LASIK, which may have been the cause of the decrease in the production of tears. This symptom is often temporary when it comes to refractive eye surgeries such as LASIK.

Dry Eye Exams in Wailuku

Struggling with dry eyes? Have them examined today by calling us at (808) 877-3984 to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors here at Aloha Eye Clinic. We’d love to hear from you!


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