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How come my eyes are drying out quite frequently now?

Asked by The_Inquisitor (3158points) April 24th, 2010

Well, before my eyes didn’t really dry out too often, only sometimes at work. But now my eyes dry out constantly, especially in the morning when I wake up. Does anybody know the reason to this? I now use eye drops, but I hope to find out the reason to this.

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gailcalled's avatar

You need to have an Opthamologist check this out. You may have Dry Eyes: Here’s one paragraph.

“What Causes Dry Eyes?
In addition to an imbalance in the tear-flow system of the eye, dry eyes can be caused by situations that dry out the tear film. This can be due to dry air from air conditioning, heat, or other environmental conditions. Other conditions that may cause dry eyes are:

The natural aging process, especially menopause.
Side effects of certain medications such as antihistamines and birth control pills.
Diseases that affect the ability to make tears, such as Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and collagen vascular diseases.
Structural problems with the eye lids that don’t allow them to close properly.”

PS. I see that you are a swimmer. In a chlorinated pool? Do you always wear your goggles?

The_Inquisitor's avatar

@gailcalled, Yes in a chlorinated pool, but when I do, I always use my goggles since I can’t seem to swim straight without them. =S

I went to the doctor, and she told me to put out a bucket of water in my room to get it more moist since the air is apparently dry. But even after that, and eye drops, my eyes are still irritatingly dry in the mornings and random parts of the day. I will be sure to check out the site provided. Thank you.

Judi's avatar

My eye doctor said that I might sleep with my eyes half open/ Apparently I’m a “Lazy blinker.” She said I should use an over the counter eye ointment at night if I can handle it. It’s like a moisturizer for your eyes.

plethora's avatar

Yes…get a doc to check this out…an opthamologist.

The very best drops I have found, recommended by my opthamologist is GenTeal Liquid Gel Drops. Be sure and get the gel drops, not just drops. Easy to confuse. The packages look identical. The gel drops are a little thicker and do not spatter all over your face as the regular drops do.

Judi's avatar

the ointment is even thicker and you can only use it at night because you can’t see after you put them in.

plethora's avatar

@Judi Yes, you’re right…probably better since she is waking up with dry eyes. And I just noted she is 17. Head for the doc.

thriftymaid's avatar

Well, the ophthalmologist would be the one to ask.

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Judi's avatar

@plethora ; I think I will get the gel for daytime though. Just tarted using the ointment and I wake up with greasy under eyes. I wonder if it will also prevent wrinkles!

ccrow's avatar

I heard of a study in which people were taking flax oil- I don’t remember what for- but an unexpected effect was that it helped with dry eye. Something to do with the oil glands in the eyelid.

plethora's avatar

@Judi Yes, I think it’s good for wrinkles too…:) Can be smeared over the entire body. You’ll just need about 40 of those litte tubes.

bongo's avatar

Try using an eye mask at night, if u sleep with your eyes slightly open i find using one of these helps keep the humidity in and also keep ure eyes closed.

otherwise, try plucking a few corse hairs in the morning, thats sure to get the eyes watering.

annie83's avatar

Sometimes even eye drops causes symptoms of dry eyes especially eye drops that contains preservatives or methylcellulose. These ingredients can cause allergic reaction leading to dry eyes. Better consult doctor rather going for self-treatment

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