Dry eye syndrome, or dry eye disease, is a common condition that occurs when the eyes don't make enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly. This leads to the eyes drying out and becoming red, swollen and irritated. Dry eye syndrome is also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or simply ""dry eyes"". Symptoms usually affect both eyes and often include:
• feelings of dryness, grittiness or soreness that get worse throughout the day
• burning and red eyes
• eyelids that stick together after waking up
• Temporarily blurred vision, which usually improves after blinking.
HOW IS DRY EYE SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
Ophthalmologists diagnose dry eye syndrome based on your symptoms. They will ask you many questions about your symptoms for confirming diagnosis. They may also look for specific diseases that cause dry eyes
HOW IS DRY EYE SYNDROME TREATED?
Dry eye syndrome isn't usually a serious condition. Treatments are available to help relieve the symptoms, which include:
• eye drops to lubricate the eyes
• medications to reduce any inflammation
• if necessary, surgery to prevent tears from draining away easily
If dry eye syndrome is caused by an underlying condition, treating this condition usually helps to relieve the symptoms.
DID YOU KNOW?
Medicine and nutrition can help in treating this condition.