When it comes to dry eye symptoms, several
environmental factors could be at play.

Environmental Factors


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Did you know environmental factors like these can impact eyes? You may encounter one or multiple environmental elements in a day, and if you already suffer with dry eye disease, being aware of these environmental effects and knowing when to talk to an eye doctor can help you to manage your symptoms.

Mother nature's impact

Ever notice your eyes being affected with varying weather conditions? It may be true; there are several common weather triggers that can lead to dry eye symptoms:

  • Humidity. According to an article published in the journal The Ocular Surface, low humidity may be a risk factor for dry eye disease.

  • Temperature. Additional factor in the environment that can impact dry eye is temperature (cold / hot) that can cause dry air.

  • Wind. Increased airflow over the eye surface may lead to increased evaporation of tears from the surface of the eye, and blowing wind is a commonly reported factor that can contribute to dry eye.

If weather-related factors like these are causing you to experience dry eye symptoms, it could be dry eye disease. Keep in mind that seasonal eye allergies may share some similar symptoms with dry eye disease. It's important that you speak with an eye doctor to have them assess if it may be dry eye disease symptoms you are experiencing. You can ask them for a dry eye disease consultation and tips for how to manage or help alleviate your symptoms.

While some environmental triggers for dry eyes may be outside of your control, arming yourself with information can help you make changes where possible. If you have found that your own environment has led to eyes feeling dry, consider talking to your eye doctor about how prescription Xiidra may help treat dry eye disease.

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What is Xiidra?

Xiidra (lifitegrast ophthalmic solution) 5% is a prescription eye drop used to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease.

Important Safety Information

Do not use Xiidra if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Seek medical care immediately if you get any symptoms of an allergic reaction.

The most common side effects of Xiidra include eye irritation, discomfort or blurred vision when the drops are applied to the eyes, and an unusual taste sensation.

To help avoid eye injury or contamination of the solution, do not touch the container tip to your eye or any surface. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using Xiidra and wait for at least 15 minutes before placing them back in your eyes.

It is not known if Xiidra is safe and effective in children under 17 years of age.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Xiidra?

Xiidra (lifitegrast ophthalmic solution) 5% is a prescription eye drop used to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease.

For additional safety information, click here for Full Prescribing Information and Patient Information and discuss with your doctor.

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