Occurs when there is no enough tears produced to lubricate the eye and keep it healthy and comfortable.

 Symptoms

  • Eye burning.
  • Scratchy feeling in the eye.
  • Redness and irritation.
  • Uncomfortable feeling when wearing contact lenses.
  • Tearing.
  • Foreign body sensation.
  • Inability to read or work on computer or any activity that requires eye concentration for long time.

Causes 

  • Aging.
  • Using contact lenses for long time.
  • After refractive surgery.
  • Using certain medication.
  • Thyroid disease.
  •  Looking on computers and screens for long time (reduced blinking).

Treatment

  • Eye drops and ointments.
  • Warm compress and lid cleaning.
  • Blocking tears duct.
  • Surgery.

 

Prevention

  • Use humidifier.
  • Use prescribed drops and ointment.
  • Avoid eye strain.

 

 

 

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