Dry eye occurs when there are problems with the production or consistency of tears.

Dry EyesCommon symptoms of dry eyes can be stinging or burning eyes.   This can be accompanied with excessive tearing and a a sandy or gritty sensation; or episodes of blurred vision and redness.  Some of the risk factors for dry eyes are age, hormonal changes, side effects from certain medications and auto-immune disorders, such as arthritis. Nearly 5 million Americans 50 years of age and older are estimated to have dry eye.  Of these, more than 3 million are women .  Dry eye is particularly common after menopause.   Dry eye may be increasing among young people due to extended use of computers, tablets, and smart phones. Treatment include topical lubricants and prescription drops that enhance the eye’s tear film.