Millions of Americans, particularly those over 50, suffer from dry eye. This common condition occurs when a person does not have enough tears to lubricate and nourish the eye.
With each blink of your eye, tears spread across the front surface of your eye. They provide lubrication, wash away any dirt or foreign matter, reduce the risk of an eye infection and keep the surface of your eye smooth and clear. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or their tears are of poor quality.
Symptoms of dry eye
- Irritated, gritty or burning eyes
- Excess watering
- Blurred vision
Treating dry eye
- Over-the-counter artificial tear solutions
- Blocking tear ducts to keep tears in your eyes longer
- Eye drops that increase tear production
- Treating inflammation around the eye
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