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 There wasn't a dry eye in the (virtual) audience during this year's Gotham Awards. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Chadwick Boseman's widow delivers tearful tribute at Gotham Awards: 'Keep shining your light on us'," 12 Jan. 2021 Petoskey won its first team championship, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school boys and girls cross country: Here's who won 2020 state titles," 6 Nov. 2020 Other causes of eye redness that may be particularly common these days include allergies, issues with contact lenses, overuse of screens, and dry eye, SELF explained previously. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Can Pink Eye Be a Symptom of COVID-19? The V.P. Debate Has People Wondering," 8 Oct. 2020 Learning how reptiles and birds’ use tears may also inspire new medications for conditions such as dry eye, which occurs when tear ducts don’t produce enough oil. Virginia Morell, National Geographic, "‘Crocodile tears’ are surprisingly similar to our own," 13 Aug. 2020 But when Jeremiah went the extra mile to give her a lasting commemoration of her father and sister, there wasn't a dry eye anywhere. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "8 Couples, 8 Sweet Love Stories On Netflix’s Say I Do," 2 July 2020 But by the time the player was done talking, Reich remembers there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts coach Frank Reich on systemic racism: 'It can't just be talk. We are going to act.'," 8 June 2020 The most common are viral and bacterial infections, allergies, dry eyes, autoimmune disorders, and contact lens over-wear. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "How Long Does Pink Eye Last? An Eye Doctor Explains," 26 Nov. 2019 To treat dry eye, use over-the-counter artificial tears several times a day, Sperazza says. Barbara Brody, Better Homes & Gardens, "Eye Doctors Debunk 5 Common Myths (Plus, 3 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy)," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of dry eye

1950, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jan 2021

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“Dry eye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20eye. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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