What Is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye Disease (or Ocular Surface Disease) is a condition caused by the reduction in quality and quantity of tears as a result of inflammation. Sometimes people do not produce enough tears or the right quality of tears to keep their eyes healthy and comfortable.

Symptoms

  • Redness of the eyes
  • A burning sensation of the eyes
  • A feeling of a foreign body in the eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Excessive watering as the eyes try to comfort an overly dry eye
  • Eyes that seem to have lost the normal clear glassy luster

Treatment

If untreated, dry eye can be more than just irritating or uncomfortable.

Excessive dry eye can damage eye tissue and possibly scar the cornea, the transparent front covering of the eye, impairing vision. Contact lens wear may be more difficult due to the possibility of increased irritation and a greater chance of eye infection.

Dry Eye is typically treated with at home Dry Eye care, artificial tears and/or prescription drops or ointments. If your Dry Eye is more advanced, your physician may recommend Punctal Plugs or Punctal Occlusion, BlephEx or Demodex to help improve symptoms.