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Your Medications May Be Causing Dry Eye​

If you have dry eyes and can’t figure out why, the answer may be in your cupboard. Dry eye is often a side effect of certain medications.

People are surprised to learn that even non-prescription medications could be contributing to their uncomfortable eyes.

Common Medication Examples

  1. Antibiotics taken orally have been known to cause dry eyes. Penicillins can cause redness, itchiness, and blurred vision.
  2. Pain relievers like ibuprofen can cause dryness, blurriness, and even color vision changes. If your eyes are aggravated by this, take lower doses and be sure to drink plenty of water.
  3. Decongestants made to ease allergy symptoms can also, ironically, cause stinging of the eye and create a gritty sensation.
  4. Birth control pills can make eyes dry because of hormone fluctuations. Certain kinds may also cause light sensitivity.
  5. Antidepressants target nerves in the brain, which can result in disruption of your normal eye function. Symptoms could include double vision and eye sensitivity.
  6. Some artificial tears, surprisingly, have been known to further irritate eyes. Be sure your artificial tears are preservative-free and do not contain BAK. Better yet, use the brands we recommend.

The Effects Of Dry Eye

Dry eye creates discomfort, can impede vision and cause red eyes and itchiness. If you commonly rub your eyes when they’re dry and itchy, it can also cause corneal scratching. Dry eyes are missing the natural protection provided by tears.

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Talk To Us About Your Medications

You usually can’t toss aside a medication simply because it make your eyes uncomfortable. We understand. Talk with us about it. Perhaps we can help you find a solution that will keep you healthy and keep your eyes comfortable. Be sure to come and see us if you experience any sudden and unusual eye issues while taking particular medications.

Your eye health is important to us! Let us know if you ever have any questions.

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94 N Main St
Mansfield, MA 02048

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Phone: 508-339-3952
Fax: +1 (508) 339-6907
  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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  • Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Sunday: Closed
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Why Choose Hayden Optometric?

Our Brands

Our Brands

Your eyes are unique, and so is your sense of style, which is why selecting your frames and lenses is a very personal choice. Your frames should fit your sense of style, and your lenses should suit your vision needs. Hayden Optometric Inc. is proud to offer a wide variety of brands so that we can help you find the frames and lenses that best suit your needs and style.

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

Hayden Optometric wants to be a thought leader in the eye health industry. We are always dedicated to making life better for our patients. In fact, our own Dr. Joel Hayden has leveraged his knowledge as an optometrist and nutritionist to develop his own line of eye wipes and fish oil to bolster your eye health.



Dr. Hayden is also the founder of HALT Myopia; the Hayden Advanced Lens Therapy System. Designed for nearsighted kids, HALT Myopia has been called “LASIK for kids,” only without lasers, scalpels, pain, recovery, or risk of overcorrection.

Read more about HALT and other methods of myopia control.

The Future of Eye Health Technology

The Future of Eye Health Technology

We really value innovation. That’s why we rely on some of the most advanced technology available to help us examine, diagnose, and treat all of our patients. When you choose Hayden Optometric, you know you’re getting some of the most state-of-the-art equipment the industry has to offer.