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Causes of Dry Eye

  1. Aging: As we age, tear production decreases. Men and women of any age can be affected. However, after menopause and during pregnancy, women are especially susceptible.
  2. Contact Lenses: Wearing contact lenses often increases tear evaporation. This can result in irritation, increased protein deposits, infection, and pain. Dry eye has been shown to be the leading cause of contact lens discomfort.
  3. Medications:A variety of common medications reduce tear secretion. These include decongestants, antihistamines, diuretics, beta-blockers, sleeping pills, antidepressants, pain relievers, and alcohol.
  4. Environment:Occasional or continual exposure to various environments can reduce eye lubrication. These include sunny, dry or windy conditions; areas with heaters, dehumidifiers, fans or air conditioners; work settings (i.e.; areas with chemicals or hair dryers), high altitudes, smoke or air pollution and sand, dust or airborne pollen.
  5. Auto Immune Disease:Diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rosacea, Lupus and Sjogren’s syndrome can cause Dry Eye.

If you experience any of the symptoms below, you may have Dry Eye!

  • Dry Sensation
  • Scratchy, Gritty Feeling
  • Burning/Stinging
  • Itching
  • Excess Tearing (watery eyes)
  • Mucous Discharge
  • Irritation from Wind or Smoke
  • Redness
  • Tired Eyes
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Contact Lens Discomfort
  • Contact Lens Solution Sensitivity
  • Soreness
  • Lid Infections / Sties
  • Sensitivity to Artificial Tears
  • Eyelids Stuck Together at Awakening

At Envision Eye Care – Pittsburgh, we provide various treatment options, including

  1. Lid treatments such as punctual plugs and lid scrapings
  2. Artificial tears
  3. Warm compresses
  4. Ocular Supplements
  5. Prescription Medications

Envision Eye Care – Pittsburgh has the experience and equipment necessary to diagnose and often treat the eye diseases detailed above, as well as many other eye diseases, at our office in Pittsburgh. For more information please schedule an appointment with your optometrist, and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.