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dry and
irritated eyes

Dry eye syndrome or keratoconjunctivis sicca,
is a common cause of eye irritation. 


Signs you may have dry eyes

The condition usually affects both eyes. As well as feeling dry and irritated, the eyes may feel gritty, or experience a burning sensation. A slight blurring of the vision or light sensitivity may also occur. Contact lenses are likely to feel uncomfortable.

Dry Eyes

Dry eye syndrome can be treated with artificial tears (eye drops or gel) or eye ointment, available over the counter at pharmacies. Contact lens wearers should check which products they can use.

Complications from dry eye syndrome are unusual, and over-the-counter remedies should resolve it within about a week. If symptoms persist, see a doctor or eye care professional for prescription medication, and to check there is not a more serious condition.

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Causes of
Dry Eye Syndrome

  • Some medications may dry the eyes
  • Some illnesses, such as arthritis can cause dry eyes
  • Wearing contact lenses for extended time periods
  • Exposure to air conditioning, central heating or windy conditions can dry the eyes
  • Damage to the eyelids due to an eye injury may be a cause
  • Dry eyes can result from inflammation of the eyelids

Did You Know
No More Tears

Dry eyes can affect anyone, but the condition is more common among older people.

Older people are more prone to dry eyes because the tear glands tend to become less productive with age. When we blink, a tear film inside each eyelid spreads tears over the front of the eyes, keeping them lubricated. Dry eyes can occur if there is a problem with the tear film. The condition does not lead to permanent sight damage.

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