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DRY EYE

A chronic eye problem due to a disturbance to the tear film of the eye.

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Dry eye syndrome is a very common eye condition caused by a disturbance to the tear film on the surface of the eye. The population most affected tend to be patients over 40 years old with a higher prevalence in women. It is classified as a chronic eye problem.

What are the causes of dry eye?

Patients who display dry eye syndrome, often the lacrimal gland and associated glands in the eye do not produce enough tears.

Other risk factors include:

  • Increased incidence with age
  • Medications (antihistamines, antidepressants, birth control)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Environmental (dusty, windy environments or exposure to air-conditioning/heating)
  • Systemic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and rosacea

What are the treatment options for dry eye?

  • Artificial tear lubricants
  • Punctal plugs – temporary or permanent
  • Prescription eye drops such as topical cyclosporin, restasis and autologous serum
For a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options of any eye condition, please make an appointment.