Dry eye syndrome is a very common disease where the eye under-produces tears or tears evaporate too quickly. A normal functioning eye constantly produces a tear film, which acts as moisturizer and lubricant. For someone with dry eye, the resulting lack of moisture and lubrication can cause a variety of problems.
Dry eye symptoms may include:
*Though it sounds contradictory, sometimes the eye will actually produce excessive tears, and overflow. The eye becomes irritated by the lack of lubrication and attempts to cleanse itself with a flood of tears. This is a similar phenomenon to the tearing that occurs when foreign matter is stuck in one’s eye.
Dry eye syndrome is typically more common in older people and women; however, there are many other factors that can cause this to happen. A common cause of dry eye can be over the counter and prescription medications such as antihistamines, beta-blockers, sleeping pills, pain relievers and many others. For this reason, it is very important to inform us about all medications you are currently taking.
Sometimes the cause of dry eye is unknown. Known causes of dry eye may be natural occurrence with aging, certain diseases (Sjogren's Syndrome, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis), environment (low humidity) or certain oral or eye medications.
Treatments for dry eye:
If you are experiencing any symptoms of dry eye, we encourage you to contact us at 888-841-EYES to schedule a consultation.
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