Eye doctors often hear about dry eye discomfort. Dry eyes can be present in many ways. While the symptoms are not all-inclusive, most patients who suffer from dry eye syndrome experience some of these symptoms.
Dryness, redness, and scratchiness.
Light sensitivity, excessive mucus, burning sensation
Excessive watering/tearing, a foreign-body sensation
Contact Lens intolerance for a sandy/gritty sensation
Dry eye syndrome is often called keratitis sicca and keratoconjunctivitis. It is caused by low-quality tears or insufficient tears. Dry eyes syndrome, a medical condition not covered by vision insurance but whose diagnosis and treatment are covered by major medical insurance, is the same as red eyes and sore throats.
Three main components make up human tears. The lacrimal gland produces the majority of human tears. The meibomian glands produce the oily component of tears. The goblet cells keep all the components together. Patients can become symptomatic if one component of this mixture is not balanced. These glands might not be performing their job for a variety of reasons.
Dry eye syndrome is caused by insufficient tear production or poor quality tears. Insufficient tear volume is most commonly caused by inflammation of the lacrimal. Poor tear quality can be caused by Meibomian gland dysfunction (inflammation of the glands near the eyelid margin).
Ocular dryness is often caused by medications. Antihistamines, oral contraceptives, and decongestants are the most common medications to cause dry eyes. Insufficient or poor-quality tears can also be caused by hormonal changes.