Northwest Eye Clinic

Dry Eye Syndrome


Dry eye syndrome symptoms may include:

  • Eyes may redden and become easily irritated by wind.
  • A burning, stinging, or scratchy sensation in the eyes.
  • Sometimes the eye will reflexively produce excessive tears, and overflow.
  • Contact lenses may be difficult or impossible to wear.
  • The eyes may produce stringy mucus.

Dry eye syndrome is a common disease in which the eye under-produces tears or tears leave the eye too quickly. A normal functioning eye constantly produces tears to form a tear film, which acts as moisturizer and lubricant. For someone with dry eye, the resulting lack of moisture and lubrication can cause a variety of problems.

Sometimes the cause is unknown in a case of dry eye. Known causes of dry eye may be natural, related to a larger condition, or the side effect of certain medications. Also, tear production often slows down as people get older. A common cause of dry eye can be over-the-counter and prescription medications. For this reason, it is very


important to inform your ophthalmologist about any medications you are currently taking, which can help the doctor in the proper diagnosis of the disease.


Treatment Options 

Dry Eye Syndrome 

 •Artificial tears: Mild to moderate cases of dry eye syndrome may be treated by applying artificial tear eye drops as little or as often as necessary. There are a wide range of products available without a prescription that the doctor can recommend.

•Prescription medications: Can sometimes increase tear production for those with chronic dry eye. It does this by targeting inflammation in the eye.

•Controlling one’s environment: Patients should avoid situations in which tears evaporate quickly; for example, by using a humidifier in a dry house, wearing wrap-around glasses in the wind, and not smoking.