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What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a condition characterized by a lack of moisture on the surface of the eyes causing inflammation. The human body produces a layer of tears, supported by various glands, that lubricates and moistens the eye. The primary causes of dry eye are malfunctions or impediment of the glands to produce enough tears or oils to sufficiently lubricate the eyes.
Dry eyes may also develop as part of the aging process or as a side effect of medications, or a by-product of other conditions or exposure to environmental factors.
What are some of the symptoms?
Common symptoms include:
Itching, burning, stinging sensation in eyes, and/or general irritation
Sensitive to light
Feeling of a foreign body sensation in eye
How Can Dry Eye Be Treated?
To treat dry eye, tears need to be preserved or replaced to provide moisture to the eyes. Treatment options can include prescribed medications, gels, ointments and/or artificial tear. It may also include the use of physical accessories such as wearing eye protection, against the sun or wind, or the use of an in-home humidifier.
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