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About Dry Eye

Dry Eye is a condition that affects approximately 10% of the general population.  Statistically about 75% of the population affected are women.

Dry Eye can cause a range of symptoms such as:

- A feeling of something in the eyes or a sandy/gritty sensation
- Watery, teary eyes
- Sharp pain
- Sensitivity to light
- Itchiness
- Redness
- Blurred vision

What causes dry eye?

Dry eye can be caused by many different factors such as:

- The natural process of aging
- Side effects of medications such as antihistamines, anti-depressants, and birth control pills
- Conditions affecting the structure of the eyelids and how they open and close.
- Conditions where tear drainage is affected within the eyelids
- Various systemic conditions: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Menopause, Sjorgren’s Syndrome, and other collagen vascular              diseases

Treatment for Dry Eye:

Treatment of Dry Eye includes artificial tears, ointment, and drinking enough water to remain hydrated.  Artificial tears should be used many times during the day and ointment at night for more severe dry eye problems.  Drinking enough water during the day is an extremely important step to making a substantial difference in dry eye symptoms.  Becoming increasingly aware of situations where dry eye occurs (eg. hiking, swimming, picnics on a sunny day, etc.) is important to combat dry eye situations before they become worse.

Factors that can increase dry eye symptoms:

- Consuming any caffeinated beverages (eg. Coffee, tea, etc.) in excess of 2 cups per day
- Drinking beverages with excessive sugar content (eg. soda, fruit juice, vitamin water, etc) in excess of 2 glasses per day
- Drinking less than 4 to 6 glasses of water per day
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