Dry Eye Overview
Dry eye disease is usually caused when your eyes do not receive enough lubrication from your own natural tears. It is very common and affects over 17 million people in the United States. If you have dry eye, you may experience occasional dryness and discomfort, or your symptoms may be long lasting and even painful. Left untreated, chronic dry eye can cause damage to the surface of your eye and your eyesight. If you believe you have dry eye, it is important to see an eye care specialist to correctly diagnose and treat your dry eye problem.
Chronic Dry Eye
Chronic or long-term dry eye can occur when the tear glands don’t make the right amount or quality of tears to keep your eyes moist and protected. If you don’t have enough tears or an unhealthy tear film, dry spots can occur. These dry spots can feel painful and uncomfortable. They can be very irritating and cause burning or stinging. Chronic dry eye can damage the surface of your eyes and your vision. If you experience chronic dry eye, it is important to see an eye care specialist to seek treatment.