Dry eye syndrome

Keratitis sicca; Xerophthalmia; Keratoconjunctivitis sicca

You need tears to moisten the eyes and to wash away particles that have gotten in. A healthy tear film on the eye is necessary for good vision.

Dry eyes develop when the eye is unable to maintain a healthy coating of tears

Eye anatomy

The cornea is the clear layer covering the front of the eye. The cornea works with the lens of the eye to focus images on the retina.

Causes

Symptoms

Exams and Tests

Treatment

Outlook (Prognosis)

Possible Complications

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Prevention