Dry eye syndrome is when the quality or quantity of tears is unable to keep the eye lubricated. According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), millions of adults in the United States experience dry eyes. Symptoms of dry eyes include grittiness, a feeling that there is something in the eye, redness, stinging, burning, discharge, and pain. Some people may even experience blurred vision.
Dry eyes may be experienced for unknown reasons, but some causes may include certain medications like antihistamines and decongestants; older age; rosacea; autoimmune disorders; hormone changes (more common among women); windy, smoky, or dry environment; seasonal allergies; too much screen time; or laser eye surgery. Dry eye syndrome cannot be cured, but it can be managed—talk to your doctor if you think you may have dry eyes.
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