Dry Eye Syndrome

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What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that occurs when your tears are not sufficient in keeping the front surface of the eye (cornea) well-lubricated. The cornea’s health and your comfort is aided by your tears. Low tear production and unbalanced tear composition can have lasting effects on your vision.

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be showing early signs of dry eye syndrome.

  • Stinging and itching of the eyes
  • Excess tearing or sensitivity to light
  • Decreased or blurry vision
  • Inflammation and redness
  • Sandy/gritty feeling

Frequently Asked Questions

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry Eye Syndrome is a common problem for all ages, but it is more prevalent as we get older. It occurs when your tears are not sufficient to keep the front surface of the eye, your cornea, well lubricated. The cornea needs constant lubrication by tears to stay healthy. Tears are made up of three components: an outer layer of oil, a middle layer of water and an inner layer of mucus. If the eye does not produce enough tears, or if the composition of your tears is not balanced, your eyes will not be properly lubricated. The result may be blurry vision, scratchy, itchy eyes and pain.

What are the symptoms of dry eye?

  • Stinging and itching
  • Excess tearing
  • Burning sensation
  • Decreased or blurry vision
  • Inflammation and redness
  • Sandy/gritty feeling
  • Sensitivity to light

How is dry eye syndrome treated?

Dry Eye Syndrome is generally a condition that is not cured (depending on the cause), but it can be managed. The most common approach to controlling mild dry eye syndrome is with the use of artificial tears to lubricate the cornea. There are many over-the-counter solutions and ointments designed to replenish natural tears.

How do we diagnose dry eye syndrome?

The Delaware Eye Institute uses the Tear Lab to diagnose precise and predictive information.

How long does the initial consultation take?

About 2 hours, including the diagnostic procedures.

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