dry eye


: a condition associated with inadequate tear production and marked by redness, itching, and burning of the eye

called also dry eye syndrome

Examples of dry eye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Frankly, there didn't seem to be a dry eye in the house. EW.com, 4 Jan. 2024 In its ongoing battle against companies selling unapproved stem cell products, the FDA issued a safety communication earlier this month about amniotic fluid eye drops being improperly marketed for dry eye disease. Kristina Fiore | Medpage Today, ABC News, 25 Apr. 2023 Damage to the eye cornea related to the dry eye syndrome was measured via corneal staining. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Aug. 2023 See a doctor as needed If dry eyes persist after trying the above steps, the meibomian glands located in the inner eyelids may have become clogged or damaged, Carruthers warned. Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 1 Aug. 2023 While these drops work well for lubricating dry eyes caused by allergies, they can also be used to moisturize gritty or blurry eyes, eye strain or fatigue, and excessive tearing. Sarah Bradley, Verywell Health, 30 Oct. 2023 Other times, this may be hyperpigmentation related to friction (such as rubbing of the eyes in people with eczema, allergies, [or] dry eyes. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 6 Nov. 2023 So, when they were announced as the winners in the finale, there wasn't a dry eye in the room. Keryn Donnelly, refinery29.com, 28 Aug. 2023 Felix Gray says on its webpage that wearing blue-light blocking glasses can reduce conditions such as eye fatigue, dry eyes and eyestrain. Kelyn Soong The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 27 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dry eye was in 1950

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“Dry eye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20eye. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

dry eye

: a condition associated with inadequate tear production and marked by redness of the conjunctiva, by itching and burning of the eye, and usually by filaments of desquamated epithelial cells adhering to the cornea

called also keratoconjunctivitis sicca

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