Dry eye syndrome (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) occurs when the tear
glands do not produce enough tears, causing your eyes to feel itchy, scratchy,
and irritated. It is more common in older adults and in those with autoimmune
diseases, such as arthritis.
Wearing contact lenses and smoking cigarettes may increase
your risk for dry eye syndrome. Dry eyes also may be caused by certain
medications, such as diuretics, antihistamines, decongestants, and
Try a nonprescription artificial tears solution, such as Akwa Tears,
Duratears, or HypoTears. Do not use eyedrops that reduce redness (such as
Visine) to treat dry eyes.
If artificial tears do not help, call a doctor.
Excessive dryness can damage your eyes.
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