Dry eye is a very common eye disorder which occurs when the eye doesn’t produce enough tears. It can also occur when the quality of the tears that are produced does not help keep the eye healthy and comfortable. Virtually everybody is susceptible to dry eye.
Millions of people worldwide are affected by dry eye. The symptoms can vary per person, with the most common being irritation, redness, and sensitivity to light.
Dry eyes can cause a gritty, sandy sensation with burning, stinging, or itching as well.
Cause of Dry Eyes
There are many causes of dry eye in patients, the most common being age, gender (woman are more susceptible than man), some medications, contact lens use, LASIK, and computer usage.
Treatment for Dry Eyes
The most common treatment for dry eyes are usually lubrication with artificial tears.
Eye doctors also often recommend temporary closure of the tear drainage system to increase the volume of the tear film. This closure is accomplished with a small plug that fits comfortably into the tear drainage system. The procedure itself is a quick and painless office procedure.