Allergies, lifestyle, age and hormonal changes each can trigger dry eye, a reduction in the amount or quality of tears we produce. The National Eye Institute lists a number of symptoms.
Dry eye results from either not having enough tears to keep the eye moist, or not producing the right quality of tears to protect the eye and prevent evaporation. In either case, the result is that dry, gritty feeling that just won’t go away.
It’s important to get an accurate diagnosis of dry eye syndrome because treatment usually involves a combination of prevention, figuring out what provides relief and addressing underlying conditions that could harm eye health.
Because dry eye is a chronic condition, it is important to see an eye care specialist for treatment.
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