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Dry Eye Syndrome

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 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 times, treatment is as simple as medicated eye drops or ointments, some available over the counter. Visit Yorkville Eye Care for Dry Eye relief.