Dr. Anthony Roberts heads a private ophthalmology practice in Rockville, Maryland. In addition to performing procedures such as Lasik, Dr. Anthony Roberts evaluates patients with conditions such as dry eye.
Dry eye is an uncomfortable condition that can have a long-term effect on a person’s eye health and well-being. In some cases, the eye structure fails to produce enough tears. Getting older is a common contributing factor to a decrease in tear production, as can be a person’s environment. For example, people who live in windy regions might be more likely to experience the problem. Certain health conditions, such as diabetes, as well as a variety of types of medications can also cause a person’s eyes to feel dried out.
In other cases, the cause of dryness is not a lack of tears, but issues with the quality of the tears the body makes. A problem with the makeup of tears can lead can result in a number of problems. For example, the tears might not cover the eye properly, or they might evaporate too fast. These situations may both result in the discomfort associated with dry eye.
Since a number of different things can cause dry eye, it is important that a person see an eye doctor if he or she notices a problem. The doctor can provide additional information on what might be causing the issue and prescribe an appropriate course of action to address.