Eye Conditions and Treatment

Dry Eye is treated in the Cornea Service

Dry Eye

An estimated 12 million Americans have dry eyes. This condition is the inability to produce enough tears to keep the surface of the eyes lubricated and comfortable.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Stinging, burning and itching of the eyes
  • Episodes of excess tearing that follow periods of very dry sensations
  • A stringy discharge from the eyes
  • Heaviness of the eyelids
  • Pain and redness of the eye
  • Blurred, changing or decreased vision. Loss of vision usually is not severe

Treatment and Prevention

  • Artificial tears
  • Sterile ointments
  • "Inserts" that slowly dissolve in the eye and release artificial tears
  • Using a humidifier in winter
  • AIM moisture chamber glasses
  • Surgically closing the opening to the lacrimal ducts
  • If drug induced dry eye, stop medication
  • PROSE: Prosthetic Replacement of the Ocular Surface Ecosystem Treatment Guide

Eye Facts logo linkFor a deeper understanding of the diagnosis and treatment plan for dry eye, see Dry Eyes Eye Facts.