"Dry eye is a multifactorial disease of the ocular surface characterized
by a loss of homeostasis of the tear film, and accompanied
by ocular symptoms, in which tear film instability and
hyperosmolarity, ocular surface inflammation and damage, and
neurosensory abnormalities play etiological roles." Craig JP, et al., TFOS DEWS II Report Executive Summary, The Ocular Surface (2017), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/
The translation is: there are many forms of dry eye and many causes. Included in the causes (but not limited to) are
The causes are many and varied, but it is known that it is occuring in younger people due to the prevalence of technology in our lives. High quantities of computer and mobile phone use can result in a lack of blinking and the resulting discomfort of the eyes drying out. So too are some contact lens wearers experiencing a reduction in comfortable wearing time and even discontinuation of contact lens wear.
If you find yourself in this situation, please make an appointment to see if we can help