What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye is a reduction in your eye’s ability to produce sufficient natural tears. Insufficient tear production can lead to irritation and pain, and even scarring of the cornea (the transparent part of the eye that covers the pupil and iris). Many people will experience dry eye symptoms at some point in their lives, although women and contact lens wearers tend to suffer more frequently from this condition. 

Some symptoms of dry eye include a “burning” sensation or “scratch” or “gritty” feeling in the eyes. You may also experience decreased tolerance to contact lens wear or sensitivity to light. Patients with dry eye often complain of symptoms such as:

Treatment options include dietary modifications and supplements, use of artificial tears, insertion of punctal plugs and prescription eye drops. 

What you can do to prevent or minimize dry eye symptoms