Dry Eye Disease
The intricate design of the eye includes an “irrigation” system that delivers and drains tears from the eye. This lubricating system sometimes is insufficient, allowing the eye to become dry, hence the name “Dry Eye.” When this occurs the eye will feel uncomfortable and seem “gritty,” “sandy,” “scratchy,” or “burning.”
The eye should be examined to determine if the dryness is caused by disease, the aging process, or another anomaly. Once the cause is determined a remedy will be prescribed.
This condition left untreated may damage the cornea (the front of the eye) and impair the vision.