Dry eye treatment includes lifestyle changes, medications, and surgical procedures. Learn more about these options for relief.

Approximately 20 million people in the United States have dry eye. The condition results from defects in the eye’s tear production system — either the body does not make enough tears to keep the eye well lubricated, or the tears evaporate too quickly, leaving the surface of the eye vulnerable to irritation.

Symptoms of dry eye may be intermittent or more persistent. Without treatment, chronic dry eye can damage the structure of the eye and lead to vision changes.

Various treatment options can help manage dry eye symptoms, including:

  • lifestyle changes
  • medications
  • surgical interventions

This interactive guide explores the options for treating dry eye, including when they might be suitable and special considerations to be aware of.