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Dry eye syndrome

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Introduction
Dry eye syndrome, or dry eye disease, is a common condition that occurs when the eyes do not make enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly.
Symptoms of dry eye syndrome
The symptoms of dry eye syndrome are mild for most people, although more severe cases can be painful and lead to complications.
Causes of dry eye syndrome
Dry eye syndrome can occur if your eyes do not produce enough tears or your tears evaporate too quickly.
Diagnosing dry eye syndrome
Your GP should be able to diagnose dry eye syndrome based on your symptoms and medical history. They may also examine you to check for other conditions.
Treating dry eye syndrome
There is no cure for dry eye syndrome and some people have recurring episodes for the rest of their lives, but there are treatments to help control the symptoms.
Self-help advice for dry eye syndrome
There are a number of things you can do to prevent dry eye syndrome or ease your symptoms.
Complications of dry eye syndrome
Although most people only experience mild symptoms, severe cases of dry eye syndrome may cause complications.