What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eyes are a problem that arises from inadequate or poor lubrication and moisture in one or both eyes. Unable to produce enough tears, afflicted eyes suffer irritation, burning and general discomfort.

Dry eyes may be caused by a number of factors: the natural effects of aging, side effects from medication, or significant time spent in a dry climate. Although there is no cure as such, your optometrist is able to offer effective treatment to manage dry eyes. Artificial lubricating eye drops enhance tear production, and moist compresses as well as lid massages can help treat dry eyes.  In office treatment for dry eye conditions.

All content is provided for education and information, and is no substitute for the advice of your optometrist. This information is provided courtesy of the Canadian Association of Optometrists.