Tears clean your eyes every time you blink. Tears also keep your eyes moist, which is important for your vision. Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly. If left untreated, dry eye can lead to various eye health issues: scaring, ulcers, pain, and in rare cases, loss of vision.
Depending on the cause of your dry eye, the doctor may use various approaches to provide you relief. Relief can come in the form of medication, drops, simple surgery, suggested dietary changes, and supplements to take.
Please let us know during your routine eye exam if you experience any of the following symptoms that generally lead to a dry eye diagnosis: decreased tolerance of reading, eye fatigue, stinging or burning of the eye, pain and redness of the eye, sandy or gritty feeling of the eye, excess tears following very dry periods, or/and heavy eyelids.