Dry eyes is one of the most common problems that affects the eyes, which is also called keratoconjunctivitis and sicca. Unlike the dry eyes syndrome, which happens recurrently or is more intense, this problem is rather temporary. It happens because of lack of tears and lubrication in the eyes, which makes them irritated and causes swelling and redness too.
HOW IS DRY EYES DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of the issue is usually carried out by a general physician or an ophthalmologist who will conduct a comprehensive eye exam to measure the volume of tears being produced as well as the cause of the imbalance. The quality of the tears will also be studied.
HOW IS DRY EYES TREATED?
The primary approaches used to manage and treat dry eyes include adding tears using over-the-counter artificial tear solutions, conserving tears, increasing tear production, and treating the inflammation of the eyelids or eye surface that contributes to the dry eyes.
DID YOU KNOW?
If not treated properly, dry eyes can lead to inflammation of the cornea which is a potential vision threat.