Tears are important because they keep the eye’s surface clear and smooth, allowing for good vision. Each time a person blinks, a film of tears spreads over their eyes. Normal eyes constantly create tears to keep the eyes moist. When this does not happen, dry eyes occur.
Dry eye is treatable. Community Eye Center offers many treatment options for dry eye.
Dry Eye Disease affects millions in the U.S. alone. Symptoms of dry eye can include:
- Watery eyes
- Blurred vision, especially with reading or computer work
- Feeling of sand or grit in the eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Stringy discharge in the eyes
Things that can contribute to dry eye can be one or a combination of the following:
- Medications (such as allergy medications, antidepressants, hormone therapy, birth control, menopause treatments, medication for anxiety and others)
- Certain medical conditions and autoimmune disorders
- Hormonal changes/Menopause
- Environment (wind, smoke, or dry climate)
- Computer screen time
- Laser eye surgery
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