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Dry Eyes

Most people's eyes produce tears at a slow and steady rate by tear glands located in the eyelids. In some cases, some people are not able to produce enough tears or they produce the inappropriate quality of tears to keep their eyes healthy and comfortable. This condition is known as dry eyes.

The symptoms include chronically red, scratchy, teary eye, along with intermittently blurred vision. Dry eyes are most common as people age and are particularly prevalent in post menopausal women. There are several diagnostic tests that can be performed by your ophthalmologist or optometrist to help identify the problem. Treatment initially includes artificial tears or other ointments to help reduce the dryness. The use of Restasis, an eye drop that when used daily can help the eyelids produce more tears, can also be very helpful. In addition, the use of punctual plugs is an excellent way to conserve the tears you do produce by closing the channels through which your tears drain.


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