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What is Dry eye Syndrome and How Does it Affect Vision?

Dry Eye Syndrome is an ongoing condition which occurs when your eyes don’t make enough tears or your tears evaporate too quickly.

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Symptoms

Dry Eye Syndrome can cause your vision to be blurred and make your eyes dry, swollen, red, or watery. It can cause a stinging or burning sensation, or your eyes can feel as if there is something stuck in them.

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Causes

Dry Eye Syndrome has a number of causes. It can be a side effect of certain medications or a symptom of a chronic disease. It is particularly common in elderly people.

Dry eye syndrome can usually be managed with good eye hygiene and lubricating eye drops. Symptoms can be relieved by adjusting your environment like using a humidifier when the air is dry. If you are taking medication, speak to your GP to find out if dry eye syndrome could be a side effect and if there is alternative medication. If severe, your optician can discuss other potential management options

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