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Dry Eye Syndrome: More Common Than You Think

Suffering from itchy, stinging eyes? Is your vision looking a little blurry? Does it feel like your eyes took a trip to the Sahara? It could be dry eye syndrome.

Dry eye is extremely common and can be a chronic and typically progressive condition.  But in most cases, dry eyes can be managed successfully, resulting in noticeably greater eye comfort, fewer dry eye symptoms, and sharper vision.

elderly woman with dry eyes

What Causes Dry Eye?

Put simply, our eyes require tears to stay healthy. Dry eye syndrome is caused by a lack of moisture and lubrication in the eye. While the factors and triggers in dry eye can be complex, dry eye sydrome typically arises under two scenarios:

1) Our eyes don't produce enough tears, or
2) The tears are of poor quality or evaporate too quickly.

How Common is dry eye?

Dry Eye is extremely common. According to a study in the October 2017 issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, dry eye has been diagnosed in more than 16 million American adults,  Those between the ages of 45 and 54 and those 75 and older are more likely to be diagnosed with the condition. Dry eyes are more common in women. This is thought to be due to hormonal changes brought on by menopause, oral contraceptives, and pregnancy. Because dry eye symptoms often look like other issues such as allergies, chronic dry eye may be underdiagnosed. 

Man rubbing his eyes because of dry eyes

Dry Eye Relief

Dry eye can be an annoying and even debilitating condition, but it is also very treatable. Learn more about this condition, symptoms, triggers, and prevention by following the links below.