Some people may take their eyes and vision for granted. But many problems can affect vision or damage the eyes. One such problem is dry eye.
Millions of Americans have dry eye, according to Prevent Blindness. Most of those affected are women.
The condition occurs when your eyes don't produce enough natural tears. Normally, every time you blink, these tears wash and soothe your eyes. Without the tears, your eyes may become uncomfortable and your vision may become unclear.
One cause of dry eye is Sjögren's syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that sometimes is linked to rheumatic or connective tissue diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Other eye diseases may also cause the problem. Unfortunately, many times doctors don't know why a person doesn't produce enough natural tears.
If you have ongoing symptoms of dry eye, consult an eye doctor. Symptoms may include:
If you have dry eye, your doctor will determine the best way to treat it. Prevent Blindness offers these tips: