Are Urban Residents At Risk for Dry Eye Syndrome?

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Dry eye syndrome causes a lack of tears, resulting in redness and irritation of the eyes. Up to 30% of people will experience the symptoms of dry eyes at some point during their lifetime. Dry eye syndrome may be caused by internal or external factors. External causes of dry eyes include exposure to sunlight, wind, dry or hot air, smoke, pollen, and other airborne allergens or pollutants. A new study indicates that residents of major cities throughout the U.S. are more likely to develop dry eye syndrome than those who live in less urbanized areas. The elevated levels of air pollution associated with urban centers across the country are thought to be responsible for this increased risk of dry, irritated eyes. Living in a high-altitude city can further increase the likelihood of dry eye syndrome by more than 10%.

Do you experience dry, itchy, irritated eyes or blurred vision? Contact Dr. Mark Hornfeld by calling (212) 580-8881 for diagnosis and treatment of all eye conditions. Dr. Hornfeld offers ophthalmology and surgical services, including LASIK and high-tech lens implants , in NYC. Visit our website to learn more about dry eye syndrome and your risk factors.

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