Dry eyes is a condition in which the eyes do not produce enough tears or produce tears that evaporate too quickly.
Some common causes of dry eyes include:
Age: As people get older, they may produce fewer tears.
Gender: Women are more likely to develop dry eyes than men.
Medications: Certain medications, such as antihistamines, antidepressants, and blood pressure medications can cause dry eyes.
Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Sjogren's syndrome can cause dry eyes.
Environmental factors: Wind, dry air, smoke, and prolonged use of electronic devices can cause dry eyes.
Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, menopause, or using oral contraceptives can also lead to dry eyes.
It is important to talk with a healthcare professional if you are experiencing symptoms of dry eyes, as they can recommend the best course of treatment for your individual condition. Treatments range in variety and target the different causes of Dry Eyes. Schedule your exam today!
Styes and Hordeolum
A chalazion is a small, benign lump that forms on the eyelid as a result of a blocked oil gland. They can be painless or painful and can cause cosmetic concerns and result in swollen and red eyelids
Symptoms of a chalazion include a lump on the eyelid, pain or discomfort in the affected area, and redness or swelling of the eyelid. In some cases, a chalazion can cause the eyelid to become swollen and tender.
The main cause of chalazion is the blockage of the oil glands in the eyelid. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including eyelid inflammation, infection, or injury.
Discuss Treatment options for chalazion include warm compresses, medicated eye drops, oral antibiotics or surgical drainage with your Optometrist. Applying warm compresses to the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes, several times a day can help to soften the lump and promote drainage.
Preventing chalazion involves maintaining good eyelid hygiene, including regular cleaning and avoiding rubbing or touching the eyelids. If you have a chalazion, it is important to not squeeze or pop it, as this can cause further inflammation and infection.