Millions of patients suffer from chronic dry eye disease. While simple at first glance, dry eye is a very complex disease which can be multifactorial. Some of the causes of dry eyes include environmental influences, advancing age, gender, medications, skin conditions, systemic disease, prior injury to the surface of the eye, or prior contact lens wear. Broadly speaking, dry eyes are either evaporative (your tears evaporate too quickly) or aqueous deficient (you don’t make enough tears). We will appropriately diagnose your condition and prescribe the correct treatment, whether that’s medications, tear supplements, occluding your tear ducts to retain your tears, or lid treatments to better align the physiology of your ocular surface. Do not ignore dry eye symptoms as they can be a harbinger of other systemic health problems.