Dry eye is a condition in which tears are either inadequate or imbalanced (not containing enough lipids, for example), resulting in:
Tears are responsible for many important functions in the eye:
When your tears are inadequate or imbalanced, all of these important roles are compromised.
Patients with dry eye might experience a sandy or gritty feeling in their eyes or describe the sensation of a foreign body. In addition, they often experience:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, a trip to the eye doctor is in order before further complications result.
Although it’s little known among patients, untreated or ineffectively treated dry eye can cause permanent eye damage including:
Diagnosis requires a combination of:
Medical history review takes into consideration your current diagnoses and medications as well as eye or systemic disease present in your parents or grandparents. Diagnostic testing may involve measuring the volume of tears produced and/or the makeup of your tears.
Dry eye can be caused by a variety of factors including:
After a thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing, your ophthalmologist at South Shore Eye Care will recommend the best treatment plan for your unique case, such as: