Dry Eye

What Is Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition in which the eye suffers from inadequate tear production or quality.  In some cases the front surface of the eye becomes so dry it actually becomes inflamed.

Can Watery Eyes Be A Sign Of Dry Eye

Yes. Your eye makes different type of tears and if you are deficient making “normal” lubricating tears then your eye will often respond by over producing reflex or watery type tears.

Other Dry Eye Symptoms

  • a feeling of dryness
  • burning or stinging sensation
  • a sensation that there is something in the eye
  • pain
  • pressure sensation behind the eye
  • increased sensitivity to light
  • pulling sensation

Dry Eye Causes

There can be many causes of dry eye.  The most common are tear film stability issues caused by many factors such as advancing age, tear gland problems, systemic disease, and certain medications.

Dry Eye Treatment

Eye drops that supplement your own natural tears are a common treatment.  However, since dry eye signs and symptoms overlap with many other conditions, it is best to start with an eye examination to achieve the correct diagnosis.  The type and severity of your dry eye will determine the best treatment option for you.

Consider Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s is an autoimmune disorder that affects the moisture producing glands in the body. Symptoms include severe dryness of the eye and mouth as well as joint pain and general fatigue.  Special dry eye testing can be useful in determining if you are at risk of having dry eye related to Sjogren’s Syndrome or another cause.

Did You Know

Some artificial tear drops can actually exacerbate dry eye.

Adults blink an average of 10 times per minute while infants only blink about twice a minute.

Learn more about dry eye and schedule an appointment today. Gray Family Vision has two greater Portland Maine locations to serve you in Gray and Windham. Since 1989, we have been serving the entire Lakes Region Area including Auburn, Casco, Bridgeton, Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Fryeburg, Lewiston, Naples, New Gloucester, North Conway, North Yarmouth, Raymond, Sanford, and Yarmouth.