It’s more common in women than men – as women are more likely to develop dry eyes because of hormonal changes, such as pregnancy, the use of oral contraceptives, or menopause.
Some medications can reduce the amount of moisture your eyes usually produce, including antihistamines and antidepressants, and there are certain medical conditions that may leave you with drier eyes, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or if you have thyroid problems.
Exposure to smoke, wind or dry climates can increase tear evaporation, resulting in dry eye symptoms. This can also happen if you stare at your computer screen for too long every day!
Whatever the cause, it’s important to find a way to overcome dry eye syndrome as it can damage the front surface of your eye – and your eyesight.