Dry Eyes

A patient being checked by a doctor for dry eye.

Woman with Dry Eye rubbing her eyes.Do you have dry eyes? You’re not alone.

Up to 12 million Americans suffer from a disease called dry eye syndrome. People with dry eyes frequently experience burning and stinging, a “sticky” feeling when they blink, or redness of the eyes. People with dry eye syndrome may also experience times when their eyes get so watery that tears spill over their eyelids and run down their cheeks. It is a common condition but can be very treatable at Magruder Eye Institute. Get to know more to find out if you could benefit from treatment options.

Dry Eye Chart

Here are common symptoms:

  • Burning sensation in the eyes
  • Scratchiness or itchiness in the eye
  • Stingy mucus-like secretion
  • Feeling something in the eye
  • Decreased vision, usually mild to moderate
  • Tiredness of eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Contact lens intolerance
  • Blurred vision

Think you may have dry eye syndrome? Take our dry eye self-evaluation test here!

What causes dry eyes?

There are numerous causes of Dry Eyes. Here are ten common ones:

Aging eyes – As people age, it is completely natural that the tears we produce have less natural oils in them. The aging population has specific dry eye related problems.

Environmental factors – Windy or desert like climates cause dry eyes. Additionally, the use of air conditioning (which removes moisture from the air) can cause this as well.

Meibomian gland dysfunction – These are the glands that secrete oil into tears. Patients with this dysfunction typically present with symptoms of burning, irritation, dryness, and decreased contact lens wearing time.

Menopause – Females entering menopause are among the most prone to dry eye.

Work environments – Some work environments that are dusty and windy may be harmful to patients more likely to develop dry eye syndrome.

Medications – Antihistamines and decongestants may cause dry eyes but other medications can cause dry eye as well (These medications include, pain relievers, antihistamines, tranquilizers, oral contraceptives, beta-blockers, diuretics, and antidepressants).

Contact lens use – Wearing contact lenses can contribute to Dry Eyes.

Computer screens – Sitting in front of the computer for hours may cause you to blink less which can contribute to Dry Eyes.

Diseases – Certain diseases are linked to chronic dry eye, such as Sjogren’s syndrome. Other diseases that impact dry eyes are keratoconjuntivitis, sicca, xerophthalmia, lupus erythematosus, Grave’s disease, diabetes, and scleroderma.

Vitamin A deficiency – This uncommon vitamin deficiency exists with chronic failure to eat sufficient amounts of vitamin A or beta-carotene.

New Treatment Options

Recent advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of Dry Eyes treatments are available at Magruder Eye Institute.

Among these are:

  • BlephEx®, a new eyelid hygiene procedure performed in-office that helps avoid dry eye syndrome and blepharitis.
  • Lipiflow, a technology that is used to remove blockages to the Meibomian gland and increase the natural oils in eye moisture
  • Lubricating eye drops that can temporarily relieve some symptoms
  • Prescription eye drops that increase tear production
  • Lacrimal plugs that prevent tears from draining away too quickly
  • Gland expression that clears ducts and allows more moisture production
  • Eye Health Vitamins & More

If you’re suffering from any symptoms of Dry Eyes, schedule an appointment with Magruder Eye Institute today. We’ll diagnose your condition and help you determine the treatment that can provide quick, lasting relief.