Dry Eyes

Dry Eyes

What is dry eye?

Dry eye is a common condition that occurs when your tears don’t provide adequate moisture for your eyes. The medical name for dry eyes is keratoconjunctivitis sicca. This lack of moisture causes inflammation in your eyes. Your risk of developing dry eyes increases as you age, and it is associated with medical conditions like Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.

What are the symptoms of dry eye?

Common symptoms can include burning, stinging and scratchy sensations, redness and heightened sensitivity to light. You might feel as if you have something scratchy such as sand in your eyes and can experience difficulty with driving, watching TV for prolonged periods of time or wearing of your contact lenses. You may also have stringy mucus in and around your eyes.

How is dry eye treated?

Dry eye treatment most often includes eye drops, which can reduce dryness and ease your discomfort. You can use over-the-counter lubricant artificial tears, or your eye doctor can insert tear-duct blocking punctal plugs that will help increase lubrication and improve your symptoms. Dr. Chocron might also prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug such as restasis or xiidra in eye-drop form to provide you with much needed relief.

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