Proper contact lens usage

To minimise your chances of developing dry eye as a result of wearing contact lenses it is important to follow all of the directions for contact lens wear and care. These directions will vary greatly depending on the type of lens you are using but there are some general do’s and don’ts which are always…

Get plenty of sleep

Sleep deprivation has been shown to lead to slower reflex times, an overall decrease in functional performance, increased blood pressure and increased stress.1  Lack of sleep can have effects on just about every organ and bodily process including your eyes. When you don’t get enough sleep you may experience eye spasms or twitches, sore or tired…

Contact lens use

Dry eye cause: Contact lens use Unfortunately, while contact lens technology has come a long way in the last few decades it is still fairly common for wearers to experience dry eye symptoms such as dry, gritty or sore eyes especially towards the end of the day. If you are a contact lens wearer and…

Eye surgery

Dry eye cause: Eye surgery If someone has dry eyes it is very important that this is known to their eye surgeon before undergoing any procedure. Both before and after the procedure the health of their ocular surface should be closely monitored. Eye surgery is known to worsen symptoms of someone who has pre-existing dry…

Environmental factors

Dry eye cause: Environmental factors These include but are not limited to: Extreme wind Hot air directed at the eyes This could include the air from a blow dryer or heater Dry, desert climate High altitude Drafts from air conditioning While this is most common in office spaces, it could also be impacting you in…

Excessive screen time

Dry eye cause: Excessive computer screen time While there has been loads of scientific research done on the impacts of screen time and vision impairment there has also been research which shows a relationship between excessive use of screens and dry eye. More dry eye symptoms due to computer screen time A study which followed…

Hormones

Dry eye cause: Hormones Women are additionally at higher risk when they are pregnant or on birth control. For many years and in much of the scientific literature surrounding dry eye disease it was believed menopause also led to an increased risk in experiencing dry eye symptoms. Recently, however, researchers are wondering if the higher…

Certain medications

Dry eye cause: Certain medications The following list is a non-exhaustive list of certain medication types which have been linked to dry eye:1,2,3 Antihistamines i.e. seasonal allergy medication Nasal decongestants Beta Blockers A type of blood pressure lowering medication Antidepressants Eye drops Some eye drops for certain eye conditions (i.e. glaucoma) may contain preservatives. The…

Eyelid problems

Some people may not close their eyes completely when they blink or when sleeping (yes, some people sleep with their eyelids partially open!) Incomplete or partial blinks can mean the protective layer of tears on your eyes isn’t getting properly replenished with each blink. This could lead to the eyes drying out throughout the day.…

Certain medical conditions

Being diagnosed with certain medical conditions can put you at a greater risk for developing dry eye symptoms. Such medical conditions may include: Certain autoimmune diseases such as Sjögren’s syndrome Diabetes Meibomian gland dysfunction Rosacea Rheumatoid arthritis Bell’s palsy HIV If you suffer from any of the above conditions and would like to discuss your…