As men enter middle age, they can expect to experience their share of the eye condition known as “dry eye.” While this chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and tear production in the eye is more common among women, recent research shows that about four percent of men over age 50 may develop dry eye disease. Those affected by the condition report persistent dryness, itching, or burning in their eyes, along with the feeling of having grit in their eyes. Moreover, dry eye increases the risk of ocular infections, blurred/double vision, and visual disturbances that disrupt daily life. Thus, it is no wonder that dry eye is one of the most common reasons for visiting the eye doctor in the United States.
A person with dry eye should avoid anything that may cause dryness, such as an overly warm room, hair dryers, or wind. Smoking is especially bothersome.