Dry Eye Syndrome

Diagram of the eye's tear film

Dry eye syndrome is a condition in which the eyes do not produce adequate tears or the tears produced do not have the proper chemical composition. This is irritating and uncomfortable. Those suffering from dry eye syndrome may also experience a gritty sensation, burning or stinging. In some cases of dry eye syndrome, the eyes actually produce an excessive amount of tears due to chronic inflammation on eye's surface.

Dry eye syndrome has many causes. It is often a natural part of the aging process. It may result from the use of certain medications including oral contraceptives, anti-depressants and anti-histamines. It can also be caused by autoimmune disorders, including Sjogren’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis.  It may also be a bi-product of an inflammatory condition of the eyelids known as blepharitis.

Tears are very important to overall eye health as well as to your vision. Your tears actually account for about 10% of your vision. If the tear film is deficient or disrupted, reduced visual acuity and discomfort may result.

Dry eye syndrome is a very treatable condition. Our doctors perform specific tests to determine the cause of your dry eyes then prescribe the most appropriate treatment. If you feel you might be suffering from dry eye syndrome, ask our doctors about our complete dry eye examination.

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