There are certain factors that contribute to Dry Eye Syndrome, although both men and women of any age may experience it.
Aging: Advancing age is the single most important risk factor for Dry Eye. Dry Eye Syndrome affects 75% of people over age 65.
Women: Hormonal changes brought on by: Pregnancy, lactation, oral contraceptive, menstruation, and post menopause can cause dry eye condition.
Computer and Video Game Users: Computer users spend hours staring at their monitors ignoring their normal blinking process, which is a vital function of tear production. Typically, computer users blinking rate is decreased by 70%. If you use a computer for more than one hour a day, your eyes will be affected. Children and young adults are now being diagnosed with Dry Eye Syndrome with increasing frequency due to increasing computer, video game, and television use.
Disease: Several diseases result as side effects of Dry Eye Syndrome: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, Thyroid Abnormality, Asthma, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Lupus and Rosacea.
Medications: Certain medications can decrease the bodys ability to produce lubricating tears: Anti-Depressants, Decongestants, Antihistamines, Blood Pressure Medication, Oral Contraceptives, Diuretics, Ulcer Medication, Tranquilizers, Beta Blockers and Incontinence Therapies.
Contact Lenses: Dry Eye is the leading cause of contact lens discomfort or intolerance. Soft contacts in particular, rapidly evaporate the tears from the eye causing irritation, protein deposits, infection, and pain.
Environmental Conditions: Exposure to Smoke, Fluorescent Lights, Air Pollution, Wind, Heaters, Air Conditioning, and Dry Climates, can increase tear evaporation.
Refractive Surgery: Candidates considering refractive surgery (i.e. RK, PRK, LASIK, LTK) should consult their eyecare professional regarding any dry eye risks associated with the procedure.
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