Dry Eye

What is dry eye?

Dry eye happens when your eyes either do not make enough tears or the tears that they make evaporate (go away) too quickly. This causes your eyes to feel dry and irritated. The medical term for dry eye is "keratoconjunctivitis sicca."

What causes dry eye?

Many people have dry eye, including about one-third of older adults. A few people with dry eye might have another disease, such as Sjögren's syndrome, diabetes, or Parkinson’s disease. Some medicines can cause dry eye symptoms or make them worse.

What are the symptoms of dry eye?

People have different symptoms but the most common ones are eyes that:

  • Feel dry or burn
  • Look red

Other symptoms can include:

  • Being bothered by light
  • Feeling like something is in your eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Watery eyes
  • Discomfort wearing contact lenses

In some people, the symptoms are worse when it is cold or windy or if they are in a dry environment.

How is dry eye treated?

We provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art management of dry eye at our center. This includes medical and surgical treatment. A more detailed list of procedures offered and conditions treated can be found here. Click here for more procedures