Dry eye syndrome occurs when you do not produce enough tears or when the composition of tears is abnormal and cannot adequately cover the surface of the eye.
The tear film is an essential part for ensuring the overall health of the ocular surface. It cleanses, lubricates and nourishes the surface of the eye as well as protects it against infection. Both the quality and quantity of the tears must be maintained within certain levels to ensure a healthy and clear refractive surface essential for good vision.
Chronic dry eye can lead to damage of the eye’s surface, an increased risk of eye infections, and eventually the inability to produce tears. Left untreated, severe forms of dry eye may even damage your vision.
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