Dry eye syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a common eye disorder where the eyes don't make enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. It can make your eyes feel dry, scratchy and irritated or watery, and feel heavy and tired at the end of the day. Usually, it does not cause long-term problems with your sight, but can cause fluctuating blurriness.

Dry eye is more common as people age and is worsened by time spent in front of computer screens and in air conditioned environments. One in every three people over the age of 65 experience problems with dry eyes.

It is a chronic, long-term condition and may need several different treatments.Treating and managing dry eye syndrome early can prevent permanent damage to the surface of the eye and therefore stop future vision loss. A GP or optometrist may refer to an eye specialist.

Dry eye syndrome and glaucoma commonly appear together. Studies suggest that 50-60 per cent of people who are being treated for glaucoma also have dry eye syndrome.

For more information including: Why tears are important, symptoms of dry eye, who is at risk, managing dry eye and treatments, order or download a copy of the IGA's  leaflet.

Dry eye syndrome leaflet.

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