Dry Eye

Oddly enough, if you are prone to excessive eye watering or tearing, you might actually have a condition called dry eye. Dry eye occurs when the eyes do not produce sufficient tears or the tears evaporate too quickly.

Eye Watering and Excessive Tearing: Dry Eye

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There are two types of dry eye:

Symptoms of Dry Eye

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Graphic describing the anatomy of the eyeballTears are necessary to help lubricate, protect and nourish our eyes. Without a steady flow of tears, eye irritation will result.

Without proper treatment, inadequate tears can make daily activities frustrating, affecting your personal and professional life; activities like reading, watching TV, driving or working on the computer.

Treatment for Dry Eye

For some patients, over-the-counter or prescription eye drops will provide relief for dry eye symptoms. However, if these are ineffective you may need to have an eye doctor assess your situation and determine the root cause of your dry eye. Knowing the reason for your dry eye symptoms is the only way to successfully treat this condition. Our dry eye specialists may recommend:

  • Punctal plugs to prevent tear drainage from the eyes
  • RESTASIS® eye drops to increase tear production

Contact Tidewater Eye Center

If you are suffering with dry eye symptoms, contact us today to schedule an eye exam and learn about your options for relief.

The doctors at Tidewater Eye Centers have either authored or reviewed the content on this site.

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