Are You Experiencing Dry Eye Disease?
Dry eye disease (or dry eye syndrome) is surprisingly common throughout the US. Millions of people seek treatment for this issue every year, though exactly how many people are affected is difficult to determine.
What we do know is that dry eye disease is more common in individuals over the age of 50, particularly females.
We also know that dry eye disease is usually caused by the inability of the tear film to properly lubricate the eye. What can vary is why the tear film is failing. Some common underlying factors include:
- Various medications, including those used to treat high blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety, and allergies
- Various health conditions and diseases, such as diabetes, lupus, thyroid issues, and rheumatoid arthritis
- Prolonged or frequent exposure to dry environments, such as airplane cabins
- Changes in hormone levels, such as menopause
- Use of contact lenses
Because dry eyes are a very common experience, many people may not realize that what they are experiencing is not only a chronic condition, but it is manageable.