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Dry Eye

What Is Dry Eye?

Dry eye syndrome is a condition where the body is not able to produce enough tears to protect the front surface of the eye to provide quality vision. Millions of people suffer from dry eye, and the condition is more common for contact wearers, computer users, pervious eye surgery patients and those over 55.

Common symptoms of dry eye:

  • Blurry vision
  • Itchy or burning eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Frequent tearing
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Sore or tired eyes

If you have any of these symptoms, you may suffer from some degree of dry eye.

TearLab Dry Eye Questionnaire


Causes of Dry Eye

  • Environmental
  • Medications
  • Contact Lens Wear
  • Diseases:
  • Refractive eye surgeries
  • Hormonal deficiencies or changes
  • Low blink rate

When the production of natural, healthy tears is reduced, Dry Eye can cause serious irritation to the front of the eye, particularly the cornea. A natural, healthy tear film not only lubricates the surface of the eye, but also works to fight infection, providing important nourishment that is vital for clear vision. Increased risk of infection and serious visual impairment may result in cases where a severe dry eye condition has gone untreated over time. Reduced tear production over a long period of time increases the risk of permanent damage and scarring to the front of the eye.

The Witlin Center now has the TearScience technology to treat your Dry Eye as seen on the show The Doctors.