Dry eye syndrome is a common condition in which the eye is not able to produce enough tears to sufficiently lubricate the eye.
These tears, necessary for your eyes' health, are in charge of lubricating the eye, sweeping away foreign objects, and reducing the risk of infections.
Dry eyes may feel like one of the following:
Itchy, stinging, or burning sensations
A feeling of something in the eye
Dry eyes can occur when the eye produces either an insufficient amount of tears, or tears of insufficient quality to do their job.
Being exposed to dry air (like on an airplane or air-conditioned room), or staring at a screen for an extended period are two common situations where people experience dry eyes.
However, hormonal changes and other factors can also alter your eye’s protective membrane.
Tear production can reduce with age, or as a result of other medical conditions or medications.
Tears are made of water, oil, and mucus. If the three components are not in balance, tears will not function properly, resulting in dry eyes.
Adding Artificial Tears
Over-the-counter artificial tears can be used regularly to treat mild cases when the eye is not producing enough tears.
If your eyes are irritated and red, it's not recommended for you to use drops labeled "redness relieving" or claiming to remove redness. These drops do not treat anything medically and can sometimes worsen the situation.
Feel free to bring eyedrops to your appointment to show Dr. Besser if you're not sure.
Increase Tear Production
Dr. Besser can prescribe eye drops that increase tear production.