Dry Eyes

Dry Eye Disease

  • Dry Eye Disease (DED) is one of the most common eye conditions for which patients seek care
  • DED is more common in women and the graying population
  • “A multi-factorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface” (DEWS Report, 2007).  This means that there are several different conditions that contribute to DED symptoms.
  • DED involves a vicious cycle of inflammation: inflammation damages the surface of the eye, which produces more inflammation. This leads to the classic signs and symptoms of DED: chronic eye pain, eye irritation, foreign body sensation, fluctuating vision, burning, and/or stinging.
  • Click on the links below for more information about Dry Eye Disease.

• National Eye Institute: Facts About Dry Eye

• American Academy of Ophthalmology Quick Guide Dry Eye Disease

• Penny A. Asbell, M.D., Current Treatment of Dry Eye 2015

• Penny A. Asbell, M.D., NEH Update on Dry Eye