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Dry eyes

Dry eye syndrome is a condition where the eyes do not make enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly. This can lead to the eyes drying out and becoming inflamed. It is a common condition and becomes more common with age, especially in women. Up to a third of people age 65 or older may have dry eye syndrome. It is more common in those with connective tissue disorders, in blepharitis and contact lens wearers.


  • Feelings of dryness, grittiness, soreness, tired eyes which get worse throughout the day
  • Mildly sensitive to light
  • Slight blurred vision
  • Both eyes are usually affected 


  • Redness of the eyes
  • Stringy discharge or foamy tears
  • Spotty (“punctate”) fluorescein staining lower cornea
  • May be associated blepharitis 


  • Tear substitutes: mild to moderate cases of dry eye syndrome can usually be successfully treated using over-the-counter artificial tear drops; if a patient has severe symptoms, and needs to use eye drops more than six times a day, or if they wear contact lenses, advise them to use preservative-free eye drops 
  • Eye ointment can also be used to help lubricate eyes, but it can often cause blurred vision, so it is probably best used only at night
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