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Why do people get dry eyes when older?

Why do people get dry eyes when older?

Diseases/Medications: Adding to dr. May's answer - older folks also tend to have more conditions/diseases like thyroid disease, arthritis, etc and these can lead to ocular surface disease/dry eye. Medications, like blood pressure meds, diuretics, and antacids (like nexium) can cause dry eye. And the longer you live, the more you have been exposed to environmental effects of photochemical pollutants and pollen. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dry Eyes (Definition)

Dry eyes is a clinical finding in which a person's eyes are not properly lubricated with tears. This may be due to excessive heat, dehydration, ...Read more


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I am 27 years old and I have dry eyes. Would the foodsrich in lutein help me? If not, what's the permanent solution to get more lubricity in the eyes?

I am 27 years old and I have dry eyes. Would the foodsrich in lutein help me? If not, what's the permanent solution to get more lubricity in the eyes?

Probably not much: The best solution for dry eyes is artificial tears, bland ointment at bedtime, plugs in the tear ducts, Restasis eye drops, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and increased water intake. ...Read more

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How do I get help for my dry eyes?

How do I get help for my dry eyes?

Dry eye: There are many treatments for dry eye. First line treatments include artificial tears during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses 1-2 times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. If no improvement or worsening, you should see an eye doctor to consider other prescription therapy. ...Read more

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What could cause sudden dry eyes. Couple times a week my eyes will get instantly dry. Thoughts?

What could cause sudden dry eyes.  Couple times a week my eyes will get instantly dry. Thoughts?

Depends: There could be several reasons for eye dryness, including dry weather, wind blowing in the eyes, and blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid glands). Also, the eyes can become dry during extended visual tasks like reading or using the computer. While concentrating, people tend to blink less which can lead to tear evaporation and dryness. ...Read more

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Why do my eyes get so blurry everyday all of a sudden and it stays like that for a couple hours I do have dry eyes but I use drops?

Dry eyes: Dry eyes are a common cause of blurry vision that gets worse and then gets better during the day. While artificial tears provide temporary relief, they do not treat the underlying cause. I would speak to your doctor about more advanced options, which range from Cyclosporine eye drops (restasis) to punctual plugs. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have worn contacts for 18 years- my eyes are fine when i wear them, but have dry eyes when i don't. If i stop wearing them, will my eyes get better?

I have worn contacts for 18 years- my eyes are fine when i wear them, but have dry eyes when i don't. If i stop wearing them, will my eyes get better?

Sensitivity : It is not uncommon to have increased sensitivity to dryness after taking the contacts out of your eyes. There needs to be a period of readjustment (weeks). Use artificial tears like Refreshâ„¢ several times daily to help with dryness. Warm eyelid compresses once daily & 2000mg of fish oil supplement may help too. In contact lens issues, it's always a good idea to have your eyes checked too. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of dry eyes?

How can I get rid of dry eyes?

Dry eye treatment: Dry eye is a chronic problem but can treated/ controlled. First line treatments include frequent artificial tears during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses 1-2 times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. If persistent symptoms, you should see your eye doctor to consider other therapies (restasis, low dose topical steroid, punctal plugs, etc). ...Read more

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Can you get LASIK if you have dry eyes?

Bad idea: LASIK will make the dry eye worse temporarily while your eye is trying to heal from the surgery. That can cause problems. Best to patiently treat the dry eye with your surgeon as much as possible before the surgery. Your eye surgeon will be able to advise you when your eye is in suitable condition for LASIK. ...Read more

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Docs, wanted to know if I can get ride of dry eyes permanently somehow?

Not really: Dry eyes is typically a chronic condition with no permanent cure. However, there are many treatments available for dry eye to reduce the symptoms and prevent it from getting worse, including artificial tears, Restasis drops, tear duct plugs and other treatments. Get a consult to see what options are best for you. The treatments are needed on a regular basis. ...Read more