Dry eye is a common condition where your eyes don’t produce enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly and don’t spread evenly across the front of the eye.
Every time you blink, your eyelids spread a thin layer of tears across the front of the eye. This tear film prevents our eyes from feeling dry and is made up of three layers:
The main indication that you have dry eye are:
Causes of dry eyes
Dry eyes are more common when:
Dry eye tends to be a long term condition. Once you have it you will usually be prone to it and will need ongoing treatment.
There are a number of treatments available but most people with dry eyes will need to use some form of drops or gel called 'lubricants'. These can help your eyes feel more comfortable.
Your optician will advise you on the correct type of lubricants to use, tailored to your particular level and type of dryness. They will recommend a management plan designed for your specific needs.