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What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Eyes that burn or are sore may be too dry. Irritation, such as a feeling of grittiness can also signify that there is too little moisture in your eyes. Also, be on the lookout for sensitivity to indoor heat, air conditioning, and light, as well as watery eyes and discomfort when wearing contact lenses.

What causes dry eyes?

When your eyes do not produce sufficient amounts of the right kind of tears, you will experience dry eyes. Aging and other medical conditions can also contribute to dry eyes.

Can any of my medications contribute to dry eyes?

Certain antidepressants, antihistamines, and decongestants can cause dry eyes. High blood pressure medications, oral contraceptives, diuretics, and ulcer medicines can also be a source of the problem.

What can happen if I don't seek relief?

Short periods of dry eyes lead to discomfort, irritation, and even pain. Longer periods can damage your cornea.

What can I do to alleviate my symptoms?

Avoid being in front of furnace or air conditioning ducts, remove your contact lenses and keep them clean, rest your eyes away from the screen when working on your computer for a long time, and/or buy a humidifier to use at your office or home.


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