What is Dry-Eye Syndrome?
Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly, or when the tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly.
In addition, inflammation of the surface of the eye may occur along with dry eye.
Dry eye can make it more difficult to perform some activities, such as using a computer or reading for an extended period of time, and it can decrease tolerance for dry environments.
Common symptoms of Dry-Eyes include:
- Watery eyes, as the glands that make the liquid part of tears try to compensate for the lack of lubrication with ramped up production (much like crying, this overwhelms the natural drainage system)
- Stinging or burning
- Redness (blood-shot eyes)
- Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
- Discomfort from contact lenses
Everyone will experience Dry-Eye in a slightly different way. Not all symptoms apply to everybody.
Dry-Eye syndrome has several causes. It occurs:
- As a part of the natural aging process, especially among women over age 40.
- As a side effect of many medications, such as antihistamines, antidepressants, certain blood pressure medicines, Parkinson’s medications and birth control pills.
- Because you live in a dry, dusty or windy climate with low humidity.
Dry-Eye syndrome is an ongoing condition that may not be cured (depending on the cause), but the accompanying dryness, scratchiness and burning can be managed.
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