Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common eye problems in the United States. Most people will experience some form of dry eye symptoms in their lifetime. Dry eye syndrome is a condition that causes the feeling of dry, scratchy eyes as a result of decreased tear production or poor quality of tears.
Tears are an essential part of eye health. Not only does a lack of proper tear flow create annoying, uncomfortable symptoms, it can also cause long-term damage to the cornea. Tears are produced by several glands around the eyelids. When the normal amount of tear production decreases or tears evaporate too quickly, dry eye symptoms occur.
Treatments for dry eye syndrome aim to restore or maintain a normal amount of tear production. Treatments will minimize dryness as well as minimize discomfort in the eye. The most common treatment for symptom management is eye drops, which help relieve symptoms temporarily. Medicated eye drops are also available through prescription, as well as more intensive treatments.
At Vision Care of Maine, we offer a wide range of effective treatments. If you are suffering from dry eye syndrome, call Vision Care of Maine today to set up your appointment with one of our great doctors!