There are lots of reasons your eyes may feel dry at any given time, including staring at the computer too long; a dry, windy day; and allergies. But if you have chronic eye symptoms that include burning, stinging or itching (among others) you may have a condition called dry eye syndrome, or keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS). In fact, one sign of KCS is counterintuitive—excessive tearing or watery eyes—which is just one more sign that there’s an underlying problem with the lubrication of the eye.
If you have chronic eye symptoms and one or more of the following risk factors, you may have dry eye syndrome. Read on to find out how to get the right treatment, reclaim your quality of life, and protect your eyes from future damage.