Dry eye is a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or have a poor quality tears. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults. Symptoms include irritated, gritty, scratchy, burning, foreign body sensation, excess watering, pain and blurred vision. The development of dry eyes may be due to multiple reasons such as age, gender, medications, medical conditions, environmental conditions, contact lens wear, and refractive surgery. Dry eye can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination. Testing includes special emphasis on examination of the external eye, lids, lashes and cornea. Measurement of the quantity and quality of tears is performed with tests such as Schimer’s, Quick Zone, and instillation of dyes in the tears. There are several treatment options used by the Doctors of Nasa Vision Center that include conserving tears, increasing tear production and treating the inflammation of the eyelids or eye surface that contributes to the dry eye. Please call to schedule your dry eye evaluation.

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