Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is a common and often chronic condition in which there are insufficient tears to properly lubricate and nourish the eye. DES, is a multifactorial disease of the tear glands and the ocular surface with the potential to damage the surface of the eye. Even mild cases can become debilitating. It affects a significant percentage of the population, but is more prevalent in persons older than 40 years of age, particularly in post menopausal women.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Dryness
  • Burning
  • Sting
  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Light sensitivity
  • Redness
  • Blurry Vision
  • Foreign body sensation

Though it may seem strange, DES can also be exhibited by an overabundance of tearing. This condition, called epiphoria, is most often associated with improper tear chemistry, but may also be associated with improper drainage.

Today, through the use of specialized lab tests, like those pioneered by ATD, eye doctors are better able to differentiate between the condition’s various confusing and possibly overlapping causes, thus arriving at a more precise diagnosis. This translates into the development of a more effective treatment plan for the patient.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of DES, it is highly recommended that you locate an eye doctor who is knowledgeable and experienced in the proper diagnosis and treatment of dry eyes.