William C. Womble, O.D.

Dry eye syndrome, a very common problem, is caused by a chronic lack of adequate lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. Some of the ways it affects the eyes range from constant eye irritation, significant inflammation and scarring of the front surface of the eye.

Symptoms of dry eye syndrome and dry eyes include a burning sensation in the eye, itchy eyes, aching sensations, fore eyes, dryness sensation, heavy eyes, fatigued eyes, red eyes, photophobia (light sensitivity), itchy eyes, and blurred vision. Some people have the sensation that a foreign body is in their eye. Strangely, watery eyes may also be a symptom of dry eye syndrome.

Some factors that increase your risk of  dry eye syndrome include working at a computer or using a smartphone or other portable digital device. Wearing contact lenses. It occurs more frequently later in life, especially after age 50.

If you are dealing with dry eyes, please ask your optometric physician for treatment options.

William C. Womble, O.D.

1822 Huntsville Hwy., Suite D

Fayetteville, Tenn.