A member asked:

Is it true that there are different types of dry eye?

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

It is true: Eye dryness can occur from tear deficiency, wetting agent deficiency in tears, changes in the oil composition, inflammation of the eyes or lids, and following certain types of trauma or surgery. The character is different for each and there are variations in treatment for each. Check with an ophthalmologist if you think you have this problem.

Answered 12/9/2015


Dr. Amy Lin answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Yes: Dry eyes can occur because of inadequate tear production or excessive tear evaporation. It is common for dry eye to occur because of a combination of both reasons.

Answered 4/3/2016



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