Dry eyes is one of the most underdiagnosed eye diseases even though it is quite a common one, the reason for which is people often attribute dry eyes to the normal part of aging or a symptom of allergies. However, chronic dry eyes, if left untreated, may not only be irritating but can cause serious damage to the eyes.
Some facts about dry eyes:
- 70% of dry eyes is due to Meibomian gland dysfunction
- Women are more frequently affected than men (with more than 3 million women vs. about 1.7 million men)
- 80% of people with facial rosacea also suffer from dry eyes.
When not treated, advanced dry eyes can lead to corneal scarring, impaired vision, and a poor quality of life!