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?
This disorder could be diagnosed by measuring the concentration and rate of the tears produced. An ophthalmologist might also conduct a visual acuity measurement.
HOW IS DRY EYE SYNDROME TREATED?
Treatment of dry eye syndrome aims at providing artificial lubrication to your eyes. Artificial tear drops or ointments provide relief from dryness. Temporary punctal occlusion is another treatment method. Lipiflow is a device used to activate the blocked glands for secretion of tears. Other medications and nutritional changes also provide relief from symptoms
DID YOU KNOW?
This disorder could also occur if a person sleeps with their eyes slightly open. If this disorder is caused due to the eyelids it can be rectified with surgery.