Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca also known as Dry Eye Syndrome is when your body is not able to produce enough tears to properly lubricate the eye

The transparent layer forming the front of the eye known as the cornea is kept continually wet by basal tears. Occasional or chronic insufficient lubrication on the surface of the eye can result in discomfort. Sometimes the condition results in watery eyes from “reflex tearing”. This occurs when your body responds to the lack of moisture by creating excessive tears, your body’s attempt to re-lubricate as well as wash out irritants.

Common Dry Eye Syndrome symptoms include:

  • Stinging or gritty sensation in the eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Excessive tearing followed by noticeable lack of moisture
  • Occasional bouts of blurred vision
  • Contact lenses discomfort
  • Low tolerance of activities entailing sustained visual engagement, such as reading or working on the computer

What once was more typically an age-related condition, especially high risk for women during menopause, is now being increasingly diagnosed in younger generations due to the rise in digital-screen viewing.

Lack of balance in your tear-flow system is a common reason people experience Dry Eye, but there are other causes. Your tear film can be dried out by things like air conditioners and heaters. Certain drugs like antihistamines have side effects that affect your tear supply. And there are also diseases that affect the ability to create tears, such as Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and collagen vascular diseases.

If you experience dry eye symptoms, give us a call for a consultation. Often treatment is as simple as medicated eye drops or ointments, some available over the counter. Visit Yorkville Eyecare for Dry Eye relief.

Give us a call at 416-922-5164 for a dry eye consultation.