Dry eye is a very common problem. As we age, our eyes produce fewer tears. Various other causes also come into play. Symptoms of dry eye include:
- Irritated, scratchy, dry, uncomfortable or red eyes
- A burning sensation or feeling of something foreign in your eyes
- Blurred vision
Non-surgical treatments for dry eye include blinking exercises, increasing humidity at home or work, and use of artificial tears or gels and medicating tears. If these methods fail, small “punctal” plugs may be inserted in the corners of the eyes to limit tear drainage, or the drainage tubes in the eyes may be surgically closed.