Mild dry eye syndrome can be relieved with the following:
- Regular use of lubricating eye drops
- Treating the underlying cause
- Wearing specialised eyewear
It is not usually a serious condition unless the underlying cause is inflammation or certain diseases where there is an overactive immune system, so if symptoms persist it is advisable to seek medical advice.
In severe cases, dry eye syndrome may be treated with surgery to block the drainage tear ducts. This is either with temporary plugs or by permanently sealing the drainage hole. However, the ophthalmologist will first ask if you have been using eye drops regularly.