More than 30 million Americans experience dry eye symptoms. In Colorado, Dry Eye Syndrome is especially common and severe due to the low humidity and high altitude. Vision Institute has been selected to conduct our seventh dry eye research study to better serve the residents of Colorado. If you have dry eye syndrome, you may experience the following symptoms: itching, burning, scratching, watering, redness, blurred vision, foreign body sensation, and stickiness upon awakening.
There are three layers in the tear film. The top, oily layer serves to prevent evaporation. The middle layer is a watery layer which keeps our eyes moist and contains nutrients and germ-fighting agents. Underneath the mucous layer promotes coating and tear adhesion. When one of these layers fails to function properly, Dry Eye Syndrome can result.