Dry eye occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears, or when the tears produced evaporate too readily. There are several possible causes of dry eye, including medications, medical conditions, eye surgery, frequent exposure to low humidity, infrequent blinking and long-term contact lens wear.
Symptoms of dry eye can include a sensation of something in the eye, excessive tears, excessive dryness, blurred vision, decreased tolerance of activities requiring sustained visual attention and discomfort while wearing contact lenses.
Dry eye is a chronic condition most effectively managed with artificial tears and lubricating eye ointment. People with dry eye will also benefit from wearing wrap-around sunglasses, avoiding environments of low humidity and resting frequently when performing tasks requiring sustained visual attention.
In rare cases, dry eye can irritate the surface of the eye or cause visual impairment. If these cases, a minor surgical procedure may be recommended. You should see an eye specialist if you are suffering from severe symptoms of dry eye.
Coastal Eye Centre offers the highest standard of expertise in the treatment of dry eye.