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Examining the Causes of Dry Eye

Category: Eye Diseases & Conditions

Published: 2016-10-18

Dry eye is a common eye condition where patients feel a variety of symptoms: burning, itching, gritty/scratchy feeling, a foreign body sensation, dryness, blurry vision or even a watery eye (doesn’t that seem like the opposite of what should happen?). There are many causes for dry eye and may include some of the following (and you can have more than one!):

  • Natural aging process
  • Environmental (overuse on the computer causes the eyes not to blink as much)
  • Medications like anti-histamines
  • Auto-immune conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis or Thyroid Disease
  • History of LASIK or other eye surgeries
  • Use of Ceiling fans

If you think you have dry eyes or have any of the above symptoms, the team at Birmingham’s Schaeffer Eye Center can help. As one of the top optometrists in the area, Dr. Jack Schaeffer is here to optimize your eye care so you can enjoy improved vision and eye health. To learn more about our range of services or to schedule an initial appointment, visit us online or call (877) 223-9776.