Your eyes naturally produce tears from the glands located in the upper eyelids. Each time you blink, lubricating tears are distributed over the surface of your eyes. Tears help your eyes feel more comfortable and healthy. If you have a condition known as dry eyes, you may have noticed that your eyes feel scratchy or dry, or that you feel a burning sensation. Dry eyes can be attributable to a number of causes, including medical conditions and lifestyle factors.
The ophthalmologist at your community hospital might diagnose you with eyelid problems, such as an injury to the area, which can disrupt the production of tears. Allergies and the use of certain medications can also dry out the eyes. Sometimes, dry eyes are attributable to natural changes associated with the aging process. Environmental factors can worsen your condition, such as exposure to smoke and wind. The use of air conditioners or heaters can also aggravate dry eyes.
If you suspect you have dry eyes or another vision-related condition, consider visiting the ophthalmology department at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Residents of South Tampa and beyond can reach our community hospital by calling (813) 873-6400.