Your tears are made of a mixture of water, fatty oils, and mucus. Together,
this solution helps keep the surface of your eyes smooth while simultaneously
protecting against infection. If your tear ducts aren’t able to
provide adequate moisture, you may suffer from a condition called dry eyes.
There are a variety of factors that can cause you to develop dry eyes,
including an imbalance of the composition making your tears. Other causes
may include environmental factors, eyelid problems, or medications. Your
tear production typically decreases with age, so you are a greater risk
of developing dry eyes if you are over the age of 50. Luckily, you can
usually help prevent dry eyes by paying close attention to the situations
that cause your symptoms. For example, you may be able to help improve
dry eyes by avoiding air from hair dryers, heaters, and fans. In the winter,
you can help add moisture to dry indoor air by using a humidifier.
To learn more about preventing and treating common eye issues, contact
Dr. Mark Hornfeld at (646) 502-4142. Certified by the American Board of
Dr. Mark Hornfeld is a New York City ophthalmologist with extensive experience treating