Over 25% of Americans suffer from dry eye symptoms. Dry Eye is the condition that results when the eye doesn’t make enough tears or when tears that are made become unstable and evaporate too quickly. This affects vision as the tear film is an important part of the optics of your eye. In addition to helping vision, your tears protect your cornea (the front surface of the eye) which is an extremely sensitive tissue and must be maintained in optimal condition for good comfortable vision.
This results in inflammation on the surface of the eye which can be triggered by a variety of factors such as:
Find out if you suffer from dry eye Dry Eye Test (OSDI-6)*. Choose the number that best describes your answer. If your total score is 4 or higher, you have symptoms associated with dry eye disease. Ask your eye doctor about further dry eye testing and non-invasive treatment options.
|Have you experienced any of the following during a typical day of the last month?|
|1. Eyes that are sensitive to light?||4||3||2||1||0|
|2. Blurred vision?||4||3||2||1||0|
|Have problems with your eyes limited you in performing any of the following during a typical day of the last month?|
|3. Driving or being driven at night?||4||3||2||1||0|
|4. Watching TV or a similar task?||4||3||2||1||0|
|Have your eyes felt uncomfortable in any of the following situations during a typical day of the last month?|
|5. Windy conditions?||4||3||2||1||0|
|6. Places or areas with low humidity?||4||3||2||1||0|
*Pult H, Wolffsohn JS. The development and evaluation of the new Ocular Surface Disease Index-6. Ocul Surf. 2019;17(4):817-821.