A condition that affects as many as 50 million Americans, dry eye syndrome is a disorder in which a patient cannot produce enough quality tears to lubricate, nourish, and maintain the health of their eyes. Dry eye can impact a person’s quality of life in many ways. To address this prevalent concern, Dr. Steven J. Dell founded the Institute for Dry Eye Research at Dell Laser Consultants. In collaboration with Dr. Divya M. Varu and Dr. Derek Cunningham, our experienced eye doctors, he can effectively diagnose this chronic disease using advanced technology. Additionally, we offer a comprehensive array of leading treatment options. Before we recommend any remedies, however, it’s important to understand what can cause this condition.
There are a multitude of factors that can contribute to the development of dry eye syndrome. Some of the most common causes of dry eyes include:
- Age – Dry eye syndrome can occur at any age, but there is increased risk for older individuals, particularly among those over 65
- Gender – Women more commonly develop dry eyes as a result of hormonal changes and fluctuations
- Medications – Many types of medicines, including antihistamines, decongestants, and antidepressants, can reduce tear production
- Contact lenses – Contact lens use is associated with development of dry eyes
- Environmental causes – Smoking, pollution, and windy and dry climates can each result in dry eyes
- Medical conditions – If you have diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid problems, or inflamed eyes or eyelids, you are at a higher risk for dry eye syndrome
These are just a few of the known causes of dry eye syndrome, and not all of the sources are known. Regardless of the origin, if you’re experiencing dry eyes, Dr. Dell, Dr. Varu, and Dr. Cunningham can help you treat the condition and reduce or eliminate the symptoms.