What is Dry Eye Disease?
Dry Eye occurs when your tears
are not able to provide
adequate moisture for your eyes. Tears can be inadequate for many reasons. For example, dry eye may occur if you do not produce enough tears or if you produce poor-quality tears.
Dry eyes feel uncomfortable. If you have dry eyes, your eyes may sting or burn. You may experience dry eyes in certain situations, such as on an airplane, in an air-conditioned room, while riding a bike, or after looking at a computer screen (or smartphone screen) for a few hours.
Dry Eye Disease is part of the natural aging process with the majority of people over age 65 experiencing some symptoms of Dry Eye.
Women are two to three times more likely to suffer from Dry Eye than men.
People who smoke are twice as likely to have Dry Eye than non-smokers (JAMA, Aug. 1992). Second-hand smoke has also shown to cause Dry Eye in Children.
Your Ophthalmologist or Optometrist can perform simple tests, one such test using Lacrimedics' Collagen Plugs for the Lacrimal Efficiency Test, during your office appointment to determine if you have Dry Eye Disease and its severity. Your doctor will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment plan based on your individual symptoms and needs.
Fill-out the symptoms checklist below to see if you might have Dry Eye Disease. Print the checklist out and bring it with you to your first appointment. The completed symptoms checklist is a valuable tool for you and your doctor in the diagnosis and treatment of Dry Eye Disease.
Causes of Dry Eye
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Lacrimedics' pioneered Collagen Plugs for the Lacrimal Efficiency Test in the early 1980s. This product continues to be a reliable and cost-effective method to diagnose Dry Eye Disease.
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