Dry Eyes, Allergies, and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Fall is rapidly approaching… and some days it has felt as if it’s already here! With a new season around the corner, the leaves will be changing colors and falling. For many people, autumn can cause an increase in allergy symptoms,¬†including dry eyes and irritation. At the Michigan Eye Institute, our eye doctors help keep your eyes healthy in every season, and fall is no exception.

Some treatments that can alleviate your fall eye allergies include:

  • Eye drops or artificial tears
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Taking proper allergy medication
  • Avoiding dry, hot air, often associated with indoor heaters

Every patient’s eyes are different, and it’s important to know whether your dry eyes are a symptom of allergies or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). Whereas most people can create enough tears for proper eye hydration, those with MGD suffer from blockage in their Meibomian glands. Tears that normally form to keep your eyes properly moistened evaporate too quickly to reach the surface of your eye.

If you’re dealing with dry eyes every autumn, visit the eye specialists in southeastern Michigan for our comprehensive vision services. A Michigan Eye Institute eye doctor can provide you with additional tips for keeping your eyes healthy through another allergy season, and assist you in determining whether your dry eyes are a symptom of something worse than allergies.

 

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