Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or have a poor quality of tears.

Risk factors for dry eye are, low humidity conditions, medications, eyelid problems, rosacea, and contact lens use. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults. Common symptoms include irritated, gritty, scratchy or burning eyes, a feeling of something in the eye, excess watering, and blurred vision. Vision can be subsequently blurred when flare-ups occur. Advanced Dry Eye Syndrome may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision.

Your doctor will examine the tear film on the eye. Special eye-drop dyes are employed to help the doctor detect dry spots, measure tear quality and volume, and make a diagnosis. Treatment of dry eye may include certain over-the-counter eye-drops, eyelid hygiene methods, prescription eye-drops including mild steroids, dissolving tear implants, and punctal plugs. If you believe you are suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome, make an appointment with The Eye & Laser Center today.