Blood Pressure Medications and Dry Eye

Prescription blood pressure medications could be causing your dry eye symptoms

With hundreds of blood pressure medications on the market, it would be impossible to keep track of the possible adverse side effects of them all. It is possible that the medications you’re taking to deal with your blood pressure issues are causing your dry eye disease symptoms. Blood pressure medications can be broken into several categories; beta-blockers, Diuretics, Ace Inhibitors and Alpha Blockers. Each of these types of medication has a different intended effect on the body and potential effect on tear stability and eye moisture. In this article we are going to look at the types of blood pressure medications and discuss the potential correlation to painful dry eye symptoms.


Beta blockers, also called beta-adrenergic blocking agents, treat a variety of conditions, such as high blood pressure and migraines. These medications work by slowing your body’s response to the hormone adrenaline, which in turn lowers your blood pressure, and slows your heartbeat. As a side effect, your body can produce fewer tears, which leads to drier eyes.


Diuretics, also called water pills, are a common prescribed solution for high blood pressure. There are three main types of Diuretics called thiazide, loop, and potassium-sparing diuretics. All ‘water pills’ help your body get rid of excess salt and water. Naturally, this can adversely affect your tear stability and lead to dry, itchy eyes.

Ace inhibitors and alpha blockers

Neither Ace Inhibitors or Alpha Blockers have been found to have a correlation with dry eye disease. Ace Inhibitors are used primarily for the treatment of hypertension and congestive heart failure. Alpha Blockers are used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure and benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Your solution

If you believe that blood pressure medication may be causing or worsening your dry eye symptoms, try the Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress to naturally hydrate your eyes and alleviate painful dryness. This moist heat eye compress uses patented MediBeads technology to draw moisture from the air to deliver deep penetrating, soothing relief. Simply put the Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and apply over closed eyes for 8-10 minutes. Natural, soothing moisture works to stimulate healthy tear production. Apply the Bruder mask regularly to enjoy sustained relief.