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Dry eye syndrome

Dry eye is a condition that results from inadequate tear production. Although dry eye often occurs in people who have rheumatoid arthritis or Sjögren’s syndrome, in many cases the condition occurs for no obvious reason. Dry eye usually develops in middle age and affects women more often than men. Usually both eyes are affected.

Treatments

To relieve discomfort, the doctor will probably prescribe eyedrops called artificial tears, which you may need to use for the rest of your life. In severe cases of dry eye, doctors may prescribe lubricating ointments or recommend a procedure to block the ducts that drain tears from the eye.

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