Having eyes that always feel dry can be very annoying and distracting – but more than that, if a severe dry eye is left untreated it can cause serious damage. Here is some information about what may be causing your dry eyes and what you can do about it.
Why are my eyes always dry?
Having dry eyes is actually very common. Dry eyes don’t just feel “dry,” though – it can also feel like your eyes are burning or stinging, and it can feel like there is something in your eye.
There may be a few different reasons why your eyes are so dry. It can be caused by aging or eye allergies or even by the dry air around you. It can be caused by a vitamin A deficiency, or by a medical condition such as a thyroid disorder, Sjogren’s syndrome, or even rheumatoid arthritis. The cause can also be as simple as just not blinking enough, which can happen if you spend a lot of time in front of the computer or behind the wheel.
Whatever the cause, if it is serious it can lead to eye infections or even damage to the surface of your eye, which needs some lubrication to stay healthy.
What can I do about my dry eyes?
If your dry eyes are interfering with your life far too often or they are causing you pain, you should see your doctor. There may be an underlying cause of dry eye, such as a medication you are taking or a health condition.
To provide some relief from dry eyes, you can try things such as using artificial tear eye drops and using a humidifier to add some moisture to the room. If you are in front of the computer, make sure that you take frequent breaks and close your eyes for a few minutes or blink for a few seconds. You should also avoid anyone who is smoking, because smoke can make dry eyes worse.