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5 Causes of Dry Eyes

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Feb 26, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Dry eyes can happen when your tears do not adequately lubricate your eyes. Tears bathe the surface of your eyes to keep them moist and to rinse away dust, debris, and microorganisms that can harm your eye. Dry Eye Syndrome can make your eyes burn or sting and leave your eyes feeling gritty, scratchy, and irritated.

There are five leading causes of dry eyes.

  1. Decreased tear production

Dry eyes can occur when your eyes do not produce enough tears, a condition known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca. This condition may be the result of aging, inflammation, or damage to the glands that produce tears.

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Topics: Dry Eye Syndrome

4 Signs You May Be Experiencing Dry Eye

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Dec 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Dry Eye syndrome is exactly what you’d think it is – when your eyes get dry. Specifically, it is when your eyes are unable to produce enough quality tears to keep your eyes moist, comfortable, and healthy.

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Topics: Eye care, Dry Eye Syndrome

Is it Fall Seasonal Allergies or Dry Eye?

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Sep 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Your eyes are so dry, red, and itchy you can barely stand to blink. Are you suffering from dry eye or seasonal allergies? There is a lot of overlap between these two common eye conditions and learning how to tell them apart could help you find relief sooner rather than later.

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Topics: Eye care, Dry Eye Syndrome

Two Exciting New Ways to Treat Dry Eye Syndrome

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Feb 20, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Almost everyone experiences dry, itchy eyes from time to time, but for some people, the condition is both pervasive and progressive. Dry eye syndrome (DES) is characterized by a chronic lack of moisture on the eye’s surface. Symptoms range from a pesky burning sensation to eye fatigue to photophobia, aka light sensitivity.

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Topics: Eye care, Dry Eye Syndrome

Ask the Doc: Dry Eye Syndrome - Do I have dry eye syndrome? I need relief!

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Aug 31, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Dry eye syndrome (DES) is an increasing issue for people in the United States and a common complaint that we hear from many of our patients. You may have dry eye syndrome if you are routinely experiencing any of the following symptoms in your eyes:
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Topics: Eye care, Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome: A Look at the Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Posted by Illinois Eye Center on Mar 12, 2015 9:45:00 AM

Do you ever wonder why your eyes become dry and irritated throughout a long and busy day? A tear film that consists of three layers – mucus, diluted saltwater solution and lipids (fats and oils) – coats your eyes and keeps them comfortable. When your eyes fail to produce these layers, it can result in a disorder of the tear film, known as dry eye syndrome (DES) causing dryness and irritation in the eyes. DES is a common disorder resulting from decreased tear production, excessive tear evaporation, or abnormality in the production of mucus or lipids in the tear film.

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Topics: Eye care, Dry Eye Syndrome