In many cases, the cause for Dry Eye Syndrome may be hard to determine.
Often, causes may be systemic disease or even the medications used to treat those diseases.
The most common diseases that are associated with dry eye are Rhuematoid Arthritis, Blepharitis,
Grave's Disease, seasonal or chronic allergies, Rosecae, or Sjogren's Syndrome. Antihistamines used for
allergic conditions are a common culprit with dry eye. Environmental conditions like dry, windy days may
increase dry eye complaints. Smoke and dust may also be contributing factors. Another common reason is age.
As we age, we tend not to produce as many tears thus the older we are, the more complaints we tend to have.
Patients with Dry Eye Syndrome often complain of such symptoms as burning, stinging, redness, blurred vision,
excessive tearing, light sensitivity and even a foreign body sensation. Contact lens wearers may complain of a decreased wear
time or contact lens intolerance. Symptoms may increase during vision related activities such as computer use, driving, reading or watching TV.
The symptoms may range from mild to severe.
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