Those with autoimmune diseases (Sjogrens syndrome)
Those taking medications including diuretics, beta-blockers, antihistamines, and antidepressants.
Patients with thyroid disease and diabetes
Prolonged screen time
Contact lens wear or eye surgery (LASIK)
Causes of Dry Eye
There are several causes of dry eye, ranging from dysfunction of the glands of the eye that produce tears to a defect in the tear film that coats the front surface of the eye. Other causes can include:
Certain Medications such as birth control, pain relievers, decongestants or oral antibiotics
Diseases such as lupus or thyroid disease
Eye strain due to extended computer use
Wearing contact lenses for long hours
Living in a dry climate
Dry Eye Treatment Options
Treatment options range from prescription eye drops to lifestyle changes, and all have the goal of increasing the visual ability of the eye while promoting eye comfort.
All of the ophthalmologists at Montgomery Eye Center in Naples, FL, are able to detect dry eye during your exam and develop personalized treatment plans based on your symptoms.