There are many causes of Dry Eye Disease, any of which can cause chronic and life-long symptoms. Some common causes of Dry Eye include:
Certain medications including allergy medications and birth control pills
Windy, dusty, or dry eye environments
Excess computer use or “screen time”
History of Laser eye surgery including Lasik, RK, and PRK
Autoimmune disorders such as Sjögren’s syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lupus
Hormonal changes, menopause or peri-menopause
Regardless of the cause of your Dry Eye symptoms, early diagnosis and treatment is crucial. The sooner your meibomian glands can begin healing, the greater your chances of reducing dry eye symptoms before they become chronic.