How Much Do You Know About Dry Eyes?

Dry and itchy eyes, also known as dry eye syndrome, is the number one complaint that eye doctors hear from patients. Most people are affected by dry eyes at some point in their lives, but you may never know what causes it.

Dry eyes occur when the balance of water, oil, and mucus that makes up tears is thrown off balance, and the eye is not adequately lubricated. Eyes may be red and irritated throughout the day, making simple tasks difficult. Dry eyes usually indicate that there are other imbalances in the body, due to health or environmental conditions. Medication, age, heavy computer and contact lens use, and other diseases like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis can all cause changes in tear production.

Luckily, there are many ways to prevent and treat dry eyes so that the condition does not become chronic and cause other damage. Drinking more water, using a humidifier, and using natural eye drops are all simple ways to ease dry eyes. To find more tips and products visit our dry eye information page.

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About Marc_Grossman

Marc Grossman, Doctor of Optometry and New York State Licensed Acupuncturist, is a holistic eye doctor and co-author of a number of books on natural vision care. Since 1980 Dr. Grossman has been helped many people maintain healthy vision and even improve eyesight. He is dedicated to providing information to those with conditions ranging from myopia and dry eyes to potentially vision threatening diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. His combined multi-disciplinary approach using nutrition, eye exercises, lifestyle changes and Chinese Medicine provides him with a wide array of tools and approaches with which to tackle difficult eye problems.