Why Do Eyes Dry Out?

A healthy eye will rely on the lubrication and moisture provided by tears in order to maintain its vision, comfort, and effectiveness. When the eye is not producing enough tears, a condition referred to as dry eye may occur. Those who suffer from dry eye may experience itching, redness, blurred vision, feeling of something stuck in the eye, sensitivity to light, and a gritty sensation in the eye.

Inadequate tear production can be caused by several factors. One of the most prevalent causes is eyelid malpositioning. This refers to structural problems with the eyelid that restrict the eyelid from closing properly. Causes of eyelid malposition include drooping upper lids, in-turned eyelids, scarred or shortened eyelids, and drooping lower lids. Dry eye can also be caused by aging, dry air from AC/heat, menopause, antihistamines, and birth control, as well as by diseases that can impair the eye’s ability to produce tears, like rheumatoid arthritis and collagen vascular diseases.

If you or a loved one have been experiencing dry eye symptoms, let Marano Eye Care provide the proper diagnosis and plan of treatment to restore proper eye function. Our teams of highly trained and compassionate medical professionals are one of the best at treating dry eye in New Jersey. Visit Marano Eye Care at one of our two North Jersey locations in Livingston and Newark.