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Dry Eye

How Common is Dry Eye Syndrome

 

Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition where your eyes do not make enough tears, or your tears evaporate too quickly. It can be induced by a number of lifestyle or health issues.

Although there is no known cure, we are able to relieve your symptoms using simple solutions.

At our Dry Eye Clinic, using simple diagnostic tests we evaluate your tears and offer expert advice on the most effective treatment for you.

If you think you may have dry eyes, the following background information may be helpful.

Dry Eye Symptoms

 

If you have any of the following symptoms you may well be suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome:

Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome

 

There are several factors that can individually or collectively cause dry eyes:

How Common is Dry Eye Syndrome

 

Dry Eye Syndrome is a common condition and can be experienced by up to 30% of people at some point during their life.

Who is affected?

It is more likely to affect people over the age of 60 and is more common in women than in men.

The symptoms can be mild to severe and include itchiness or grittiness around the eyes as well as blurred vision. Though not usually serious, if left untreated, dry eye syndrome can cause vision problems and scarring of the front surface of the eye.

Examination and Treatment

 

Dry Eye Syndrome is diagnosed from your symptoms and an examination of your tears.

A slit-lamp is used to assess:

Different dyes or stains may be used to check for dryness in the conjunctiva and cornea.

Treatment

Most symptoms of dry eye can be alleviated using simple remedies:

Tear Function

 

Tears are made from a mix of water, proteins, fats, mucus and infection fighting cells.

Your tears serve several important functions: