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Dry Eye

What is Chronic Dry Eye?

Chronic dry eye, sometimes called dry eye disease, is known by the scientific name keratoconjunctivitis sicca. It is a common condition that can result in localized inflammation of both the eye surface as well as the tear-producing glands. Over time, inflammation can decrease the eye’s ability to produce tears that protect the surface and keep it moist and lubricated. This, in turn, can lead to damage to the eye’s surface. If left untreated, severe forms of the condition can lead to more serious problems, including increased risk of infection and possibly vision impairment.

Chart showing a healthy eye vs a dry eye

How is Chronic Dry Eye Diagnosed?

Patients may present with eyes that feel dry, or they may state that they are using artificial tears frequently throughout the day. Your doctor may perform one or more of these tests:

How Do You Treat Dry Eye?

There are a number of treatment options for patients experiencing chronic dry eye including:

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