Did you know that over 60% of menopausal women are affected by Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) and don’t even realize it? Yes, they know that their eyes burn and are dry, red and irritated. And they know that sometimes their eyes even water excessively in an effort to soothe that irritation. But they don’t know that women are two to three times more likely to be affected by DES than men.
Dry eye syndrome is among the most common eye conditions in the United States. What is it?
In healthy eyes, a thin layer of tears coats the outside surface of the eye, keeping it moist and washing away bits of debris that might fall into the eyes. Dry Eye Syndrome occurs when the eye doesn’t make enough tears, or making tears that evaporate too quickly, leaving the eyes dry and vulnerable. Dry eye syndrome may sound like more of a nuisance than a serious problem, but if left untreated, DES can inhibit your everyday lifestyle, and in severe cases, can even result in permanent loss of sight.