Dry Eye Clinic
Reduced tear flow:
Dry eye occurs when the constant tear flow is reduced, or there is excessive draining or evaporation of the constant tears. There is irritation that will cause excessive reflex tears (watery eyes). These excessive tears do not contain the fatty layer to keep them from evaporating and therefore do not lubricate the eye.
Tear production decreases with age. Men and women of any age can be affected. However after menopause and during pregnancy women are especially susceptible.
Dry eye has been shown to be the leading cause of contact lens discomfortMedications: Decongestants, antihistamines, diuretics, beta-blockers, sleeping tablets, antidepressants and alcohol can all cause a reduction in tear production. Please check the known side effects of your medication.
Exposure to certain artificial environmental factors such as air conditioning, fans, heaters, dehumidifiers, chemicals, smoke as well as natural conditions such as sunny, windy, dry, dusty or smoky environments can cause a reduction in eye lubrication.
Auto Immune Disease:
Auto Immune Diseases are often associated with dry mouth and eyes. (Sjogren’s Syndrome)