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Dry Eyes

Dry eyes can affect anyone, but it becomes more common with increasing age. Dry eye affects about 7 in 100 people in their 50s, and about 15 in 100 people in their 70s. Women are affected more often than men.

The causes of dry eyes

The eyes normally make a small amount of tears all the time to lubricate the front of the eye. Tears are made by the tiny lacrimal glands (tear glands) above each eye. The tears then drain down the tear duct into the nose. Anything that reduces the normal amount of tears that are made may result in dry eyes. The causes include:

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Both eyes are usually affected. The eyes may not actually feel 'dry'. Symptoms include:

Some people with dry eyes also develop inflamed eyelids (See our information sheet on blepharitis).

Book an appointment at one of our special Dry Eye Assesment clinics including Tear Analysis only at Blandford, Gillingham, Shaftesbury or Twickenham.

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