Dry eye is a condition where enough tears cannot be produced to protect the eyes and give them the moisture necessary for clear vision. As a result, the eyes feel dry and are easily irritated. It is not clear why some people are unable to produce enough natural tears. Common causes of this condition include certain medications or the presence of other eye disorders. At the Eye Institute of NC PC we have helped patients from Chapel Hill, NC, Raleigh, NC, Durham, NC and surrounding communities with dry eye relief.
Aqueous Tear-Deficient Dry Eye and Evaporative Dry Eye are two types of dry eye that can develop. Aqueous Tear-Deficient Dry Eye is an eye disorder that occurs when the lacrimal glands fail to produce enough of the watery component that makes up tears. Evaporative Dry Eye is an inflammation of the meibomian glands that causes the lack of the oil produced in the tear film.