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Are Medications Causing Your Dry Eye Syndrome?


Randolph eye associatesIf you suffer from dry eye syndrome and take medications, there is a possibility that your medications contribute to your dry eyes. Get answers to your important questions pertaining to the link between dry eye syndrome and certain medications.

What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome occurs when the eyes do not produce enough natural tears to keep the eyes properly lubricated.

Individuals with dry eyes often experience burning, redness, irritation, pain, feeling of grittiness or scratchy sensation in one or both eyes. If your eyes feel tired yet you are not tired, the likely culprit may well be dry eye syndrome.

While some medical conditions, including allergies, advancing age, certain autoimmune disorders and hypertension potentially contribute to dry eye syndrome, another issue that contributes to experiencing chronic dry eye syndrome is taking certain medications. Therefore, it is important to advise your vision specialist of all your medications, including over-the-counter medications, during your initial appointment and each subsequent optometrist appointment.

Discover which medications contribute to dry eye syndrome.

What Medications Lead To Dry Eye Syndrome?

The National Eye Institute (NEI) points to several medications that contribute to development of dry eye syndrome and ongoing symptoms, including:

  • Antihistamines, both prescription strength and over-the-counter
  • Decongestants
  • Hypertension medications
  • Birth control pills
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications
  • Anxiety medication
  • Several other medications cause dry eyes or possibly leads to worsening of the condition, including antipsychotic and antidepressant medications. Additionally, some acne medications lead to dry eye syndrome.


    How Does My Optometrist Diagnose And Treat Dry Eye Syndrome?

    Your optometrist has expertise to diagnose and treat dry eye syndrome. Randolph Eye Associates uses specialized techniques to determine whether you have dry eye syndrome.

    There is no need to fear testing, as it is painless. The optometrist examines the amount and quality of tears in your eyes and may choose to put special drops in each eye to better examine your eyes. Another test measures the rate that your eyes produce tears and consists of briefly placing a paper wick at the edge of each eyelid.

    The optometrist discusses some of your habits with you as well as your medications. Your optometrist may recommend that you stop using certain over-the-counter eye drops that actually increase risk of developing dry eyes. You may receive recommendation to discuss changing certain medications with the prescribing physician or to change behaviors such as reducing your screen time.

    The optometrist often gives patients a list of recommended lubricating eye drops to help relieve symptoms of dry eye syndrome or prescribes medication to treat your dry eyes. There are other treatments, dependent on each patient’s specific treatment needs.

    Dry eye syndrome is potentially serious and needs follow-up care. The National Eye Institute (NEI) explains that when an individual has dry eye syndrome, vision and eye health are compromised.

    If you believe you have dry eye syndrome, make an appointment with Randolph Eye Associates to receive proper diagnosis and treatment to minimize risks and improve your overall eye health.