Keratoconjunctivitis sicca is dryness of the conjunctiva (the membrane that lines the eyelids and covers the white of the eye) and cornea (the clear layer in front of the iris and pupil.
Symptoms of dry eyes include:
-a pulling sensation
-pressure behind the eye
-grittiness or a feeling as if something is in the eye
Symptoms are worsened by activities in which the rate of blinking is reduced, specifically those that involve prolonged use of the eyes, such as reading, working at a computer, driving, or watching television. Windy, dusty, or smoky areas and dry environments, such as in airplanes or in shopping malls; areas with low humidity; and areas where air conditioners (especially in the car), fans, or heaters are being used.
How can we help you?
We may prescribe specialty artificial tears, other prescription eye drops, or insert puntal plugs in your tear ducts to improve tear production, which our doctors do in-office.