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Alacrima Overview

Another name for Alacrima is Dry Eyes.

What are dry eyes?
A person with dry eyes does not produce enough tears to keep the surface of the eye moist. Dry eyes are caused by decreased tear production, or increased evaporation of tears. Tear production normally decreases with age. About one in five people in the US suffer from dry eyes. Most cases of dry eyes respond well to regular use of artificial tears.

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?
Symptoms that occur with dry eyes include eye pain, eye itching, blurry vision, and a foreign body sensation in the eyes.

How does the doctor treat dry eyes?
Treatment for dry eyes may include home humidifier, artificial tears, eye lubricating ointments, and surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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