What Causes Dry Eye?

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1It is estimated that almost 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from dry eye disease, with the vast majority of these individuals remaining undiagnosed and untreated. With the chronic condition being such an irritating and prevalent problem, our team at Virginia Eye Consultants strives to create awareness on its causes, symptoms, and treatments.

Dry eye disease is caused by the lack of lubrication and moisture to the eye’s surface. It can can result in several unpleasant symptoms, like itching, redness, a gritty sensation, and pain. The condition can be influenced by a variety of factors, including:

  • The natural aging process
  • Certain medications
  • Environmental conditions such as dry, hot, or windy weather
  • Wearing contact lenses

To help the large population with dry eye disease, our practice became certified by TearLab® as an Accredited Dry Eye Center. We utilize the advanced TearLab® Osmolarity Test as an effective method for diagnosing dry eye, allowing us to recommend the best form of treatment for each individual’s needs. For more information about dry eye disease and how you can treat the condition, contact us to schedule an appointment.

The doctors at Virginia Eye Consultants have either authored or reviewed the content on this site.

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