One of the most common eye disorders we encounter is dry eyes. It impacts people of all ages but tends to worsen with age. It is also influenced by a dry climate, windy conditions, prolonged viewing of digital devices and computer screens, driving, certain health problems and medications.
Symptoms include redness, burning, scratchy or grittiness, watery eyes (from compensatory reflex tearing) and intermittent blurring.
We have many new diagnostic tests to determine the precise nature of the condition and several new targeted therapies. These include advanced new artificial tear eyedrops, newer prescription drops, punctal occlusion, advanced eyelid treatments and nutritional supplements. For severe cases autologous serum drops and specialty contact lenses can be helpful.