Sarah Markel

Health Writer

Sarah wrote for HealthCentral as a health writer for Psoriasis and Chronic Dry Eye.

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10 Easy Ways to Become Psoriasis Savvy

Living with psoriasis can be hard. It can be harder if you’re spending all your time staying on top of the latest psoriasis news and information. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of 10 things you can do to get involved and stay informed about a...

The Facts About Dry Eye and Eye Surgery

Any surgery performed in or around the eyes has the potential to cause dry eye. Some forms of refractive vision correction surgery can affect the nerves that monitor eye moisture and send signals to the glands that produce tears. This can lead to not ...

Is It Dry Skin or Late-Onset Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that often appears between the ages of 15 and 35. Yet some people don’t develop symptoms until they are in middle age. Doctors call this late-onset psoriasis and it differs from early-onset psoriasis in several ways.

Treatment: What to Ask Your Doctor

Psoriasis, an autoimmune disease of the skin, nails, and joints, affects about 7.5 million adults and children in the United States. While there is no cure, many treatments are available to manage symptoms. To help you get the most out of your next m...

Dry Eyes? These Treatments May Bring Relief

Many things cause dry eye: hormones, allergies, long hours staring at a screen, chronic health conditions such as diabetes and thyroid disease. It can also be a result of vision correct surgery. Even some cosmetic procedures can cause dry eye. Expert...

10 Signs You Might Have Dry Eye Syndrome

There is more to dry eye than lack of moisture. Here are the symptoms, including the not-so-obvious.

Chronic Dry Eye and Contact Lenses

A common assumption is that people who have dry eye cannot wear contact lenses. Contact lenses add many potential variables to an already complex condition.

Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome

Allergies, lifestyle, age and hormonal changes each can trigger dry eye, a reduction in the amount or quality of tears we produce. The National Eye Institute lists a number of symptoms.

What Causes Chronic Dry Eye?

Dry eye results from either not having enough tears to keep the eye moist, or not producing the right quality of tears to protect the eye and prevent evaporation. In either case, the result is that dry, gritty feeling that just won’t go away.

Tests for Dry Eye Syndrome

It’s important to get an accurate diagnosis of dry eye syndrome because treatment usually involves a combination of prevention, figuring out what provides relief and addressing underlying conditions that could harm eye health.