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What is dry eye disease?

Dry eye disease (or dry eye syndrome) is a condition that occurs when an eye does not produce enough tears, or when tears evaporate too quickly. Tears are necessary for keeping the eye healthy and comfortable. When the eye does not have enough tears, it can become dry, irritated, and uncomfortable. Dry eye disease is a common condition, and it can happen to anyone. Dry eye syndrome can be a minor annoyance or it can be a major problem. If it is not treated, it can lead to serious damage to the eye.

What are the symptoms of dry eye disease?

Who experiences dry eye disease?

Anyone can experience dry eyes, but it is most common in:

What causes dry eye disease?

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There are many different things that can cause dry eye syndrome, such as certain medications, environmental factors, and health conditions. Some of the most common causes of dry eye disease include:

Do I have dry eye disease?

Just because your eyes feel dry, does not necessarily mean that you suffer from dry eye disease. Click here for the steps to booking a dry eyes consultation with one of our optometrists.