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Dry eye is a condition that causes patients to feel like there is a continuous irritation in their eyes. This discomfort is caused by the inability of the eye to produce a normal amount of tears. The eye requires a tear film to help protect the eye and to produce tears. Normally, a thin tear film will cover a healthy eye and act as a barrier and allow you to see clearly.

What causes Dry Eye?

Diagram of dry eyeDry Eye The cause of dry eye is not always known, but there are many factors that can potentially lead to dry eye. A persistent irritant in the eye may cause the eye to become dry. People who wear contact lenses often, especially for long periods of time, may develop dry eye after continuous wear. Other causes of dry eye are related to your living environment and lifestyle.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

  • Scratchy or irritated eyes
  • Sensitivity to light, wind, or smoke
  • Decreased vision
  • Trouble focusing on an object or reading

If you feel you are suffering from dry eye please make an appointment for a comprehensive eye examination. You will be asked a series of questions about your work/living environment and your lifestyle, including your diet. A tear production test will determine the dryness and the location of the dryness on your eye.

Treatment Options for Dry Eye Jupiter, FL

Certain treatments offered for dry eye include eye drops, eye ointments, punctal plugs, and changes of your lifestyle. Traditional treatments can help eliminate the dryness in your eyes, but may not help with the actual tear composition that may cause dryness.