Dry eye is a very common disorder in which tears fail to lubricate and nourish the eye, due to either an inadequate production of tears or poor quality of tears.
Dry eye can affect anyone of any age, but is more common as we get older because we produce a smaller volume of tears. Some medications can trigger dry eye, as can some general health conditions.
Some people with dry eye may also suffer from an inflammation of the eyelids called blepharitis.
- Watering of eyes continuously
- Sensitivity to light
- Discomfort and irritation
- Itching or burning sensation
- Foreign body sensation on or near the eye
- Disturbance in vision
- Redness in eye
The symptoms of dry eye can be alleviated by using artificial tears, lubricating eye drops or gels, lid scrubs, warm compresses or medicated drops. The Right Sight optometrist can help recommend the best course of action to suit your individual needs.