Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly, or when the tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly. Inflammation of the lids is commonly associated with dry eye. If left untreated, this condition can lead to pain, ulcers, or scars on the cornea, and some loss of vision. However, permanent loss of vision from dry eye is uncommon.

Depending on the causes of dry eye, the doctors at JEI may use a variety of approaches to relieve the symptoms.

The most common causes of dry eye are aging, menopause, medications which include remedies for colds, hypertension, mood disorders, thyroid conditions, Parkinson’s disease, and many others.

One of the most common causes of dry eye syndrome is looking at a computer screen, due to infrequent blinking. Low humidity environment can also contribute to dry eye syndrome, due to heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer.

Dry eye can be managed as an ongoing condition. The first priority is to determine if a disease is the underlying cause of the dry eye. If it is, then the underlying disease will be treated first, to relieve the syndrome. New treatments include vitamins and supplements like omega-3 fatty acids, and flax seed oil.