… and what makes them worse?
There are many potential causes of irritable eyes.
Blepharitis, which is a chronic condition affecting the eyelids, is the most common cause of dry eye syndrome and can affect anyone. Although it rarely causes serious eye damage, it can be extremely irritating. There are two main types of blepharitis:
- Anterior which is like dandruff of the eyelids; and posterior or MGD which is dysfunction of the oily meibomian glands on the eyelids which prevent tears evaporating off the eyes.
- Dry eyes are often made worse by environmental factors such as: air conditioning, central heating, pollution, smoke; genetic factors such as: age, hormones and inflammatory conditions; and also certain medications, allergies, dehydration, and post-surgery.