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Dry Eyes and Nighttime Glare (sponsored)

Jan 13, 2017 04:48PM ● By Donna Hawley

Maple Grove Pearle Vision (photo by Wendy Erlien)

The following post was written, provided, and sponsored by Maple Grove Eye Doctors at Pearle Vision. 

Dry eyes can cause nighttime glare, and in fact, is not uncommon.

Normal tears only have two places to go if the anatomy is functioning: down the tear ducts into the nose or evaporate into the air. 

Typically, when the eyelids are properly closed during sleep, some tears build up, but are long gone by evening. The glare may come from the dry irregular surface of the cornea or from the excess mucus produced by the tear glands to keep the eyes comfortable.

Cataracts and other eye problems can also cause glare, so a thorough evaluation from an optometrist should be done before jumping to any conclusions.  

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