Sometimes people do not produce enough tears or the appropriate quality of tears to keep their eyes healthy and comfortable. This condition is known as dry eye.
The eye uses two different methods to produce tears. It can make tears at a slow, steady rate to maintain normal eye lubrication. It can also produce large quantities of tears in response to eye irritation or emotion. When a foreign body or dryness irritates the eye, or when a person cries, excessive tearing occurs.
The use of topical agents, such as artificial tears, are helpful in treating the symptoms of dryness. There are also other treatments available, such as punctal plugs and a prescription drop called Restasis.
If you have any questions about these treatments or about dry eye in general, please feel free to contact us.