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You Are a Chronic Dry Eye Explorer

Sure, you may have heard of chronic dry eye. But what causes it? What are the symptoms? And what treatments are out there? When you are looking for info on dry eye, there is a lot to learn. We get it.

See the correct answers to the quiz below – and check out these helpful resources to dive deeper into chronic dry eye.

Question 1: Chronic dry eye can occur when your eye:

Correct answer: Does not make enough quality tears

Tears help nourish, lubricate, and protect the front surface of the eye. But what if your eyes do not produce enough tears? Or your tears are poor quality? This can lead to chronic dry eye disease.

Chronic dry eye is more than just occasional dryness. Symptoms can vary from person to person, ranging from burning to itching to blurry vision to light sensitivity. Common triggers include scents or fumes, allergies, prolonged screen time, and dry weather.

Question 2: People with macular degeneration are more likely also to have chronic dry eye.

Correct answer: False

Both of these conditions can impact your day-to-day activities, like reading, watching television, and driving. And while it is possible for someone living with macular degeneration also to be diagnosed with chronic dry eye, research has not shown a direct relationship between the two.

However, there is sometimes confusion within the macular degeneration community between dry AMD and chronic dry eye. These are two completely different conditions. Where it gets challenging is when symptoms overlap. Take note of all of your symptoms so your doctor can make an accurate diagnosis.

Question 3: The goal of dry eye treatment is to:

Correct answer: Improve tear production

Dry eye treatments focus on improving the quality of tears. Depending on the diagnosis, this is done in one of three ways: by adding tears, increasing tear production, or conserving tears.

Mild cases can often be managed with over-the-counter medications, like artificial tears. To encourage your eyes to make their own tears, your doctor may recommend prescription eye drops to treat inflammation. And for conserving natural tears, your doctors may insert punctal plugs – tiny devices placed into the lower tear ducts.

Be open with your doctor about your symptoms. Left untreated, chronic dry eye can lead to infection, scarring of the cornea, and damage to your eyesight.