The problem of dry eyes is more common in woman than in men because of hormonal fluctuations. Allergies, certain medications such as antihistamines, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs, pain relievers etc can cause dry eyes.
Allergies, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs, pain relievers etc. can cause dry eyes. Also refractive surgery such as LASIK can cause dry eyes. If you are on birth control pills or if you are pregnant or menopausal there are chances that you will have dry eyes. If you are using contact lenses for very long hours that too makes the conditions worse.
Persistent pain in the eyes, stinging, burning or itchy or scratchy eyes indicate dry eyes. Sometimes you may even have mucus around the eyes. That is also one of the symptoms of dry eyes.
Ointments do give relief from dry eye. Anti- inflammatory drugs can reduce inflammation associated with dry eye. Your doctor may prescribe topical steroids for short-term use. Avoid warm dry rooms, hairdryers, air conditioners, smoke or wind if you have dry eyes. Avoid eye make-up because it can worsen the condition of your eyes.