Dry Eye

Dry Eye Syndrome is extremely common, especially as people reach adulthood.

People who have dry eyes often complain that their eyes water too much. That is because when the eyes become dry, they become irritated. In response to the irritation, more tears are produced, and the eyes water more.

Dry Eye Syndrome can be associated with environmental factors, such as lack of humidity in the air. Air conditioning, especially in motor vehicles and in airplanes, may make the problem worse. Dry Eye Syndrome can be associated with menopause. It is also associated with a variety of medical conditions, particularly autoimmune and collagen-vascular diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid eye disease.

Dry Eye Syndrome is usually successfully treated with the use of artificial tears or other lubricants. Sometimes other treatments are needed, such as the use of cyclosporine eye drops (Restasis), or providing more lubrication for the eye by blocking the outflow of the tears from the area around the eye.

For more information about Dry Eye Syndrome, please click here: http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/diseases/dry-eye.cfm