Dry Eye Syndrome; Facts to Know.* Dry eye syndrome dry eye syndrome Conjunctivitis arida, keratitis sicca, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, xerophthalmia Medtalk Dryness of eyes, often due to ↓ tear secretion Clinical Dry, greasy, thickened and focally denuded cornea, which may progress to keratomalacia, corneal is a group of disorders affecting the tear film.
* Nearly 3.2 million American women and more than one million American men age 50 and older suffer from painful and debilitating dry eye syndrome, according to results of a recent study administered by the Schepens Eye Research Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a hospital in the Longwood Area of the Boston, Massachusetts neighborhood of Mission Hill. With Massachusetts General Hospital, it is one of the two founding members of Partners HealthCare. . The condition affects women two to three times more than men.
* Dry eye syndrome tends to occur most often in the elderly, especially women.
* Although dry eye syndrome can affect vision, it rarely produces permanent vision loss.
* Early symptoms of dry eye syndrome may include eye redness, burning, stinging, and/or gritty sensation in the eye, especially in an environment with low humidity; a feeling that something is in the eye; trouble wearing contact lenses; and a gritty feeling that can be persistent and painful.
* As dry eye worsens, symptoms become more persistent. Patients with severe cases may also have eyes that are unusually sensitive to light, and may experience severe eye pain, or notice changing or fluctuating vision.
* Dry eye can be a symptom of an autoimmune disease called SjA"gren's syndrome that attacks the body's lubricating glands.
* Dry eye has no cure, but can be treated.
* Over-the-counter artificial tears in eye drop form are the main treatment for dry eye.
* Punctal plugs that block tear drainage channels can help conserve tears for dry eye suffers who get no relief from artificial tears.
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Editorial Staff of the National Women's Health Resource Center 2002/03/07 2005/03/16 Tears are what keep your eyes moist, lubricate the surface of the eye for eyelid closure, and guard against infection. They also keep the eyes smooth and clear. Without tears, good vision is impossible. Dry eye syndrome is a group of disorders affecting the film of tears over the eye. Aqueous,Dry eye syndrome,Fluorescein fluorescein /flu·o·res·ce·in/ (fldbobr-res´en) a fluorescing dye; its sodium salt is used as a tracer in retinal angiography and as a diagnostic aid for revealing corneal trauma and fitting contact lenses. Stain Test,Keratoconjunctivitis sicca,Lipid,Mucin,Rose Bengal Test,Schirmer test