dry eye


Definition of 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 Our electrolyte formula quickly restores the eyes’ natural balance to provide immediate long-lasting relief from dry eye symptoms. Good Housekeeping, "TheraTears," 23 July 2019 My side effects ranged from smelly infections to depression, nausea and dry eyes, along with a lot of, ahem, bathroom time. Mary Ladd, SFChronicle.com, "Chefs break taboo and talk openly about breast cancer," 16 Aug. 2019 Although dry eye disease affects many people, very few treatments exist. Scientific American, "Ballistic Maggots, Synthetic Winks and Why You’re Not Goop: This Week’s Best Science GIFs," 9 Aug. 2019 There wasn't a dry eye outside gate K5 at Chicago O'Hare airport when an American Airlines pilot was surprised after his retirement flight from Dublin, Ireland with an Irish blessing. Fox News, "Pilot in tears after choir surprises him on his retirement flight: 'May God hold in you the palm of His hand'," 6 Aug. 2019 Those include Botox, which saw sales jump 50% last year to $3.5 billion, dry eye blockbuster Restatis and medicines for dermatology and gastrointestinal disorders. Washington Post, "AbbVie makes $63B bid for Botox maker Allergan," 25 June 2019 The stock price of Allergan, which makes an array of products like Botox and treatments for dry eyes, dipped slightly on the news. Denise Grady, New York Times, "Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer Are Recalled Worldwide," 24 July 2019 In some cases, dry eye issues could actually be stemming from seemingly unrelated eyelid conditions. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Are Eyelid Issues Causing Your Dry Eyes? Here's How to Tell," 14 Dec. 2018 The factors causing these conditions are dry eyes, exposure to wind, dust and sunlight — hence the nickname, although anyone who spends time outdoors is susceptible. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Protect your eyes for life with healthy diet, sun shielding," 24 June 2019

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of 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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