Patient discussion about dry

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Q. What Causes Dry Eyes?

I have been suffering from eye dryness lately, what causes this situation?
A1Dry eyes are often caused when the lacrimal gland does not produce sufficient tears to keep the entire conjunctiva and cornea, that are normally covered by a complete layer of tear film. This usually occurs in people who are otherwise healthy. Increased age is associated with decreased tearing. if it causes you real discomfort talk to a doctor.
A2Dry eye syndrome (DES), or simply dry eyes, is an eye disease caused by decreased tear production or increased tear film evaporation. Any abnormality of any one of the three layers of tears produces an unstable tear film, resulting in symptoms of dry eyes. hpwever, it is best to see a doctor for a professional opinion.

Q. what can i do about dry eyes?

A1i suggest treating it symptomatically with visine in the meantime
A2Hi mooki,

Dry eye can be influenced by many things; some of them are under your control (e.g. smoking, air conditioning etc.) and some are not easily changed. The treatment also depends on what actually cause the dry eye. You can consult an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) to look for the reason for your dry eye and how you can treat it.

Q. My contact lenses get very dry and it hurts. any suggestions?

ADry contact may signal they should be replaced with new ones, and pain may result from damage to the lenses (e.g. torn lens- VERY VERY hurts). However, as much as I would like to help you, it's just impossible to give you the correct diagnosis over the net without even looking at your eyes. So if you feel any problems with your eyes, ophthalmologist (eye doctor would be the answer).

Meanwhile, you may read more here:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/eyewear.html
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