Dry Eyes: 6 Most Common Reasons Why You Have Them

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Suffering with dry eyes is common at this time of the year with the lower temperatures, biting winds, and lack of moisture in the air. Symptoms of dry eyes include the feeling of having grit in your eyes, redness, itching blurry vision, feeling like there’s something stuck in your eye, photophobia (light sensitivity), and blurry vision. These symptoms can be both distracting and incredibly uncomfortable. However, there are several main reasons for dry eyes. In this article we explore them together along with the ways to treat them!


1. Allergens in the air.

Most common in spring time, excessive allergens in the air can cause the eyes to become irritated and dry out. The spike in allergens such as tree and bee pollen at this time of year has only recently been linked to the dry eye condition, but the relationship is clear. A fix for this cause could be wearing goggles if working outdoors and air filters for when you’re indoors.


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2. Frequent flying.

Many of us are frequent flyers these days, both for business and leisure. However, the extreme moisture-lacking and pressure-controlled nature of the air in the airplane cabin is a definite cause. There are several ways to combat the traveller’s dry eye (as they call it), including:

    • Staying hydrated. This is absolutely crucial as it’s easy for the whole body to become dehydrated, especially on long-haul flights, causing the eyes to become uncomfortable. Try to take several gulps of water an hour – this has the added benefit of increasing toilet trips and so getting the blood flowing!
    • Taking special hydrating eye drops with you on the flight to use whenever your eyes feel particularly irritated.
    • Taking an eye mask to use when sleeping, this will protect your eyes from the dry air.
    • Avoiding alcoholic and caffeinated drinks on the flight as these will simply serve to further dehydrate your body.

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