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Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye is actually a collection of symptoms that make up an eye condition that stems from an imbalance in the quantity or quality of tears. These symptoms include dry, red, gritty, and even watery eyes. Often, Dry Eye sufferers report the feeling of something foreign within the eye or eye strain.

What Causes Dry Eye Syndrome?

The moisture level in the eye is maintained by the balance of tear production and tear loss through drainage and evaporation. When this balance is not sustained, dry spots appear on the surface of the eye and cause irritation.

Can Watery Eyes Be a Symptom of Dry Eye Syndrome?

Yes. As odd as it sounds, many Dry Eye sufferers experience ‘wet eyes’ due to the tear glands overproducing watery or reflex tears to compensate for a lack of a balanced tear film.

 How Do Tears Function?

Tears bathe and lubricate the eyes. Each time you blink, new tears are formed in the several glands located around each eye. A healthy tear film consists of a delicate balance of three layers:

  Outer Lipid (Oily) Layer - which reduces evaporation of the watery
    layer of tears.

  Middle Aqueous (Watery) Layer - which consists of 98% water,
    and cleanses the front surface of the eye.

  Inner Mucin (mucus) Layer - which stabilizes the tear film.

 Can Dry Eye Syndrome Affect My Ability to Wear Contact Lenses?

Yes. Dry Eye Syndrome is the leading cause of contact lens intolerance or discomfort. Contacts can cause tears to evaporate from the eyes causing irritation, protein deposits, infection and pain.

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