Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce adequate tears or tears evaporate too quickly because they are not the proper consistency. Other causes of dry eye can include aging, medications, medical conditions, environmental factors and surgeries such as LASIK.
What are the symptoms of dry eye?
Burning or stinging of the eye or eyelids
A gritty or sandy feeling in the eye
Watery eyes, which I the body’s response to the irritation
Stingy mucus or discharge from the eye
Eye redness or pain
Blurred vision or eye fatigue
Uncomfortable contact lens
Decreased tolerance for reading or computer work or other visually attentive tasks
Dry eye is diagnosed during a comprehensive eye examination. Your eye doctor will discuss your symptoms and take note of any health conditions, medications or environmental factors that may be contributing to the problem.
Source: Healthy Living September/October 2017
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