What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eyes

What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eyes?

• Itching and pain in the eyes

• Stabbing pain caused by mucous fluid secreted from the eyes

• Redness and light sensitivity of the white part of the eye (the sclera)

• Constant feeling of eye irritation

• Difficulty wearing contact lenses or driving at night

• Watery eyes

Dry eye is a common eye disease caused by insufficient tear production or tears that dry out too quickly. Tears, a watery fluid secreted by the lachrymal glands, provide moisture and lubricate the surface of the eye and eyelid. If untreated, dry eyes can lead to pain and corneal abrasions. Dry eyes cause discomfort in reading or using computers. The risk of dry eyes is higher in old age, particularly for women. About 7% of Americans are afflicted with dry eyes, while about 33% of Asians suffer from the disease.

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