Dry Eye Syndrome

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is an eye disease that is caused by severe eye dryness. Patients with DES have either decreased tear production or increased tear film evaporation.

What are the symptoms of dry eye syndrome?

Patients with DES may notice dryness, itching and burning in their eye(s) that increases throughout the day.  Patients might also experience pain and redness and feel as if they have dirt or sand in their eye.

How do we treat dry eye syndrome?

If you are experiencing excessive and painful dry eye in either one or both eyes, it’s best to be evaluated by your SMO ophthalmologist or optometrist. Prescription medication is available that helps to increase your eyes’ natural ability to produce tears, as well as over-the-counter eye drops and ointments.  Your SMO ophthalmologist or optometrist may also suggest other lifestyle options, such as running a dehumidifier, to ease dry eye.