Dry eye season is upon us. Also known as kerato conjunctivitis sicca (KCS), dry eye is defined as itchy eyes — heavy eyelids – or the feeling something is stuck in your eye and affects more than 3.2 million women over the age of 50 in the U.S., a 2003 study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology said.
What are the symptoms?
- Sensitivity to light
- Pain and dryness
What causes dry eyes?
According to the National Eye Institute, dry eye occurs when your eyes aren’t producing sufficient tears. Containing electrolytes, nutrients, and antibodies, tears protect your eye ducts against infections and following injury. Without the right treatment, people with dry eye could develop scarring, pain, even vision loss.
Though associated with several immune system disorders, including Sjögren’s syndrome, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis, dry eyes can also onset due to the use of common medication pills, sprays, drops and liquids – each starving your eyes of hydration.
Fortunately for those suffering from the persistent pupil problem, there are several things one can do to combat symptoms linked to the following medications: