What is dry eye?
Dry eye is a condition in which the surface of the eye doesn’t stay lubricated. This may be from either a lack of production or increased evaporation of tears.
What are the symptoms?
Dry eye can cause pain, discomfort, itching, redness, blurred vision, light sensitivity, tearing, foreign body sensation and vision fluctuation.
What causes dry eye?
Mainly caused by the body not making enough tears to keep the eye lubricated. Gets worse with age, contact lenses, central heating, wind, allergies, medications and prolonged reading or computer work.
What are the treatment options?
Artificial tears, lubricant ointment, punctual occlusion. Also certain nutritional supplements and oral and topical medications.
Can I still wear contact lenses if I have dry eyes?
The dry eye should be treated aggressively if wearing contact lenses.