If your eyes frequently burn or feel dry, gritty or itchy, you may be one of the estimated 10 million Americans who have dry eye syndrome (DES). The disorder makes work and everyday activities difficult and in severe cases can distort vision. So it’s not surprising that dry eyes is one of the leading complaints prompting visits to ophthalmologists. Mild cases can be helped with drops of artificial tears whenever the eyes feel dry. Moderate to severe cases may be treated with the prescription antibiotic tetracycline. With so many treatments available, there’s no reason to endure dry eyes. If you have this condition, visit an ophthalmologist to find the best treatment for you.
(Source: HealthNews January 2002)