Dry eyes are one of the most common problems that we face for patients of all ages, in particular as we mature and more likely in women.
Eyes become drier and can cause mild irritation, and sometimes that can develop into significant problems.
What we’ve learned in the last few years is that dry eyes are not just a product of less moisture but also are characterized by a chronic inflammatory problem. When we treat them we think in terms of lubrication and reducing swelling on the surface of eye.
The most common treatment is drops. Restasis is the only drop that actually increases the production of tears. It can be very effective, as can other drops.
You also can incorporate nutritional elements. Omega-3 fatty acids are very helpful in lubricating the eye.
What can make dry eyes worse? This might surprise you, but sleeping under ceiling fans could contribute to dry eyes. So can dry conditions, contact lenses, and certainly some medications.