Many people know that the environmental conditions in the Texas Panhandle can cause people’s eyes to become dry and uncomfortable. On windy days, it feels as though your eyes have no moisture at all. Because of our drought, the wind is kicking up an especially large amount of dirt and dander into the air. While these issues could be the reason your eyes feel so dry, there are other factors that may be causing this, too.
There are certain medications that can cause your eyes to be dry. Birth control, some over-the-counter medications, even prescription pharmaceuticals can all make your eyes feel dry. This is because these medications can cause reduced tear production. Look at the label on any medications that you take to see if one of the side effects are dry eyes or reduced tear production.
If you are someone who works on the computer for extended periods of time, there is a good chance you will have dry eyes. Many people do not realize that they hold their eyes open longer when they are looking at the computer than they do when they are doing other daily activities. Eyes being open longer causes the surface of the eye to become dry, which can make your eyes feel itchy. It’s best to take a break from the computer every hour so that you can give your eyes a rest and allow them to replenish their natural moisture.
If you are someone who is not fond of eating vegetables on a regular basis, you may have a vitamin A deficiency that makes it difficult for your eyes to create the moisture they need. You can combat vitamin A deficiency by eating foods that are rich in it. Carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes and even pumpkin can serve as great sources of vitamin A. Try to eat them in their purest form possible so you can get the most nutrients from them as you can. Note that supplementing vitamin A in smokers may increase the risk of lung cancer.
Fish oil has been proved to be a remedy for dry eyes. Fish oil contains two omega-3 fatty acids that can improve the eye’s oil film that’s produced by small glands of the eyelid. This helps with dry eye symptoms and reduces the need for artificial tears.
As you age, your body will naturally reduce the production of tears. This is often caused by inflammation. Fortunately, this can usually be treated with over-the-counter eye drops. Many women start to notice their eyes becoming dryer as their hormones change when they go through menopause. The production of estrogen and androgen hormones change after menopause and greatly affect the body’s ability to produce tears. Tests can be run to determine if a woman has experienced a drop in the production of the necessary hormones, and prescription treatments can be taken to treat the issue if needed.
Dry eyes may be a sign of a more serious medical issue that will need to be treated right away. Dry eyes often accompany rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases. Thyroid eye disease is a rather serious condition that will require you to seek treatment from an eye doctor if you want to be able to treat the condition.
If you notice that your eyes are dry consistently, it’s best to go to an eye doctor to have them checked out. If it is something minor causing the issue, he or she may be able to prescribe you prescription eye drops to soothe the dryness. If it is something more serious, getting treatment for the issues as soon as possible is essential.