Dry Eye Disease: What Is It and Why Does It Occur?

Do your eyes ever burn, sting, or frequently tear up? How about occasionally feel sandy or gritty, like they have something in them? If so, you may be suffering from dry eye disease (also known as dry eye syndrome).

In the video below, Dr. Rachael Wruble breaks down everything you need to know about dry eye disease.

If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.

What is dry eye disease? 

Dry eye disease is a very common condition that occurs when you don’t have enough tears covering the front surface of your eye. It impacts people of all ages and can be exasperated by many external factors, including contact lenses.

Dry eyes up close

Why does it occur?

Either you’re not producing enough tears, you have a poor tear quality or the tears you are producing are evaporating off your eye (learn more here).

Like back pain, it typically comes and goes, occurs at varying levels of severity and can be extremely frustrating to deal with.

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Frequent digital device use can lead to worsening of dry eye symptoms

Unfortunately, if you have this disease, digital screens, like your phone or computer, typically intensify your symptoms and your vision often isn’t as clear as it could be (even with glasses or contact lenses).

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Curious if you have dry eye? What are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!