Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.  Dry eye syndrome affects approximately 10 million Americans.  Tears lubricate the outer layer of the eye, called the cornea.  Tears provide lubrication, reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter in the eye, and keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear.  Constant itchiness or dryness may be indications that you suffer from dry eye syndrome.  Dry eye is caused by a lack of, or poor quality of, tears. The eyes can become irritated if there is an imbalance of mucous, water and oil in the eye. Learn more