Often times I hear people say, “How could I have dry eyes? My eyes water all the time!” If your eyes tear excessively, it may be a sign of dry eyes. As our eyes become dry, our brain gets a signal and tries to help by producing more tears. Unfortunately, it will sometimes cause an overproduction of tears, giving us watery eyes. There may also be other symptoms associated with dry eyes like burning, decreased vision, redness, light sensitivity and the feeling of having something in your eyes all the time.

There are a few reasons why we get dry eyes, but age is a big one. Our tear production decreases as we get older. Health conditions, like autoimmune and thyroid diseases, and medications, like antihistamines and acne treatment, can all cause dry eyes.

Presbyopia is an eye condition where the eye loses its ability to focus on nearby objects. It is an age-related change that typically begins in the early 40s. What happens is the crystalline lens within the eye gradually loses its ability to flex. That makes it difficult for the eye to focus light onto the retina.

You can tell if you have the early signs of presbyopia when you start holding objects further away to see them and/or if you are experiencing eye fatigue and headaches.

Diet and nutrition play an important role in the overall health of the eyes and may even help prevent macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome. Omega-3, a fatty acid which can be found naturally in fish, flaxseed and walnuts, is one of the most popular supplements people take today—and for good reason! Your body can’t make them.

Many studies have shown omega-3 may help in treating dry eye syndrome. It can also act as an anti-inflammatory agent which supports good heart health.

You may have heard that fluorescent lighting can be bad for your eyes, but did you know why? In recent years, studies have shown that Blue-Violet light can be damaging to the retina, and therefore has the potential to cause Macular Degeneration (AMD). AMD is a disease of the eye that causes central vision loss.

So, what does this have to do with fluorescent lighting? Higher amounts of blue light are emitted with the use of fluorescent lights, but that’s not the only source. High amounts of blue light are also emitted through the use of LEDs which are found in electronic devices including computer monitors, TVs, and personal devices like tablets and smart phones.