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Top 5 Causes of Dry Eye

Top 5 Causes of Dry Eye | Maple Grove, Maplewood, & Fridley Optometry

There are numerous reasons why your eyes are itchy, red, or otherwise uncomfortable. At Eye Care Center in Fridley, MN, our seven-person strong optometry staff helps patients with dry eyes on a daily basis. We put together this blog post to help everyone understand the most likely reasons for having dry eyes. 

1. Allergies and Dry Eye

Allergies are one of the biggest causes of dry eyes and other irritating eye conditions.

Modern optical and pharmaceutical technology makes allergy-related eye problems easy to fix. Prescription eye drops for allergies are one of the best things you can do for your eyes, these days. Combine that with modern eye-lubricating drops and/or gas-permeable or other specialty contact lenses, and you'll be seeing fine in no time.

2. Other Pollutants

Dry eye can also be caused by other pollutants. These pollutants are defined as anything that irritates your eye; it does not necessarily need to be an environmental pollutant. Examples include fiberglass and other industrial materials, dyes and scented chemicals found in many products, and even fine dry potting soil.

As with allergies, the problems caused by these pollutants can often be stopped via prescription eye drops.

3. Eye Disease

There are many different eye diseases that can cause dry eye. It's important to see an eye doctor at least once a year to protect against eye disease.

4. Computer Vision

How much time do you spend in front of a screen? These days, even those of us who don't work in front of a computer, spend plenty of time with our eyes on one or more screens. Computer Vision is a condition that, among other things, can make your eyes irritated and itchy. An optometry professional can help you find solutions.

5. Eye Surgery

If you've had eye surgery of any kind, it may be behind your dry eye problem. It's important to see an optometrist as soon as you can.

Optometry in Fridley

With seven doctors, as well as other licensed optometry professionals, Eye Care Center serves patients in Fridley, Maplewood, and Maple Grove--this includes emergency appointments, same-day appointments, and a 24/7 doctor hotline. Give us a call at our Fridley 763-574-0075, Maple Grove 651-777-3555, or Maplewood 763-420-6981 location to find out more today.

Eye Care Center - Maple Grove
7880 Main Street North
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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1965 11th Avenue E, Suite 101
Maplewood, MN 55109
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1202 E Moore Lake Dr
Fridley, MN 55432
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