People experiencing dry eye symptoms should consult an eye doctor or eye care professional to determine the cause, which guides treatment strategy.

Do you have red, watery, tired, or gritty eyes? You might be suffering from chronic dry eye. Let our physicians at the Dry Eye Center evaluate your eyes to see if you have dry eye disease, a condition that affects millions of Americans.

What Is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye, as a condition, is defined as the eye’s inability to produce tears and lubricate itself. Dry Eye Syndrome affects millions of people every day, and causes range from aging to environmental irritants to pre-existing medical conditions.

Dry eye occurs when there is a problem with the quality or quantity of tears secreted. The normal tear film is a complex structure composed of many different layers. The oil layer is the protective layer of the tear film and prevents evaporation of tears. If there is an insufficient oil layer, the tears are quickly evaporated resulting in a dry eye.

Signs of Dry Eyes

  • Blurriness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Irritation from windy conditions
  • Fatigued eyes at the end of the day
  • Problems wearing contact lenses
  • Scratchy or gritty feeling
  • Excessive tearing
  • Red eyes

Common Causes of Dry Eyes

  • Sun/Wind Exposure
  • Problems wearing contact lenses
  • Heavy reading or digital device use
  • Health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, lupus and Sjoren’s syndrome

If you suffer from any dry eye symptoms, schedule an appointment with Gainesville Eye Associates so we can determine if you have dry eye and suggest an appropriate treatment plan.

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