Dry eye is an extremely common problem and refers to a lack of normal lubricating tears in the eyes. Dry eye is caused by reduced tear production and/or incorrect tear fluid composition. This can be a chronic condition and is most often related to aging, in fact people over the age of 50 have dramatically increased rates of dry eye and postmenopausal women are especially at risk due to hormonal changes.
Dry eye can also be triggered by environmental conditions, diseases, medications, contact lens wear, or refractive surgery. Treatment options depend on the underlying cause and severity and Dr. Anderson would be able to recommend an appropriate treatment for you.