is a common condition that occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears to keep the eye wet and comfortable. Common symptoms of Dry Eye include feelings of stinging, burning, or scratchiness of the eyes, production of stringy mucus in the eyes and extreme irritation from smoke. Dry Eye can make it difficult or impossible to wear contact lenses. Dry Eye is normally associated with aging, because tear production decreases with age. Women after menopause are most afflicted. Dry Eye can also be associated with arthritis and accompanied by a dry mouth.
a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture in the eye(s), causing sensations of dryness, scratchiness, burning; can be caused by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, xerophthalmia, lupus erythematosis, Grave's disease, diabetes, or scleroderma