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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Article Home Eye Problems Dry eyes

Dry eyes

The degree of your farsightedness determines your focusing ability. People with severe farsightedness see clearly only objects a great distance away, while those with mild farsightedness may see clearly objects that are closer.

Common causes of dry eyes include:

  • Aging

  • Dry environment or workplace (wind, air conditioning)

  • Sun exposure

  • Smoking or second-hand smoke exposure

  • Cold or allergy medicines

  • An eye injury or other problem with your eyes or eyelids (like a drooping eyelid or bulging eyes)

  • Sjogren's syndrome -- includes dry eyes, mouth, and mucus membranes, and often rheumatoid arthritis or other joint disorder

  • Previous eye surgery.

Home Care:

The following steps may help:

  • Try artificial tears, available as either drops or ointment. Ointments last longer, but are thicker and can cause blurry vision.

  • Don't smoke. Avoid second-hand smoke, direct wind, and air conditioning.

  • Use a humidifier, especially in the winter.

  • Purposefully blink more often. Rest your eyes.

When to Contact a Medical Professional:

Call your doctor if:

  • You have red or painful eyes.

  • You have flaking, discharge, or a lesion on your eye or eyelid.

  • You have had trauma to your eye, or you have a bulging eye or a drooping eyelid.

  • You have joint pain, swelling, or stiffness.

  • You also have a dry mouth.

  • Your dry eyes do not respond to self-care measures within a few days.