Many patients experience occasional dry eyes, which can be related to the weather, allergies, contact lenses or other factors. However, there are some patients who have chronic dry eye disease. This syndrome refers to a number of medical disorders of the tear film in the eye. Dry eye syndrome can cause eye discomfort and poor vision, as well as lead to other diseases of the eye surface.
An eye exam is needed to determine the factors behind a patient’s dry eye problem. Many conditions can increase a patient’s risk for dry eye disease. Common risk factors include increased age, female gender, post menopause, Sjogren’s Syndrome, autoimmune conditions and chronic use of certain medications. Your physician, here at Microsurgical Eye Consultants will work with you to identify the best treatment for you.