Dry eye syndrome occurs when there is a significant lack of lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye.
It means either your eyes aren’t producing enough tears on the surface of your eye to keep your eyes moist and help wash away dust and debris, or your tears are evaporating too quickly. Your tears are made up of two layers – water and oil. Most of the time the oil layer is where the problem lies.
What it feels like:
It feels like your eyes are constantly gritty and dry and they can become red, irritated, and sore. Strangely enough, watery eyes can also be a sign of dry eyes, as sometimes excess tears are produced in response to the dryness and irritation.
Many different things can cause dry eye syndrome, such as:
Age - dry eye syndrome affects 75% of people over the age of 65.
Hormonal changes can cause decreased tear production.
Extended use of some contact lenses can result in dry eye from the corneal oxygen and nutrient deficiency.
Blepharitis can often cause dry eye symptoms due to inflammation of the eyelid margins.
Computer use causes most people to blink 50% less frequently (about 7 times per minute vs. a normal rate of around 12-15 times per minute).
Many medications can make dry eyes worse.
Diseases that may be associated with dry eyes include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's Syndrome, Diabetes, Asthma, Thyroid disease, Lupus, and Glaucoma.
LASIK Surgery temporarily disrupts the ocular surface/lacrimal gland unit.
As there are so many causes of dry eyes, your treatment plan will vary depending on the cause of your dry eyes and your individual symptoms.
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