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Question:
Can dry eye lead to blindness?

Answer:
No, dry eye doesn't cause blindness, but it can cause a lot of misery including blurry vision; redness; a gritty, burning, scratchy feeling; tearing; and feeling like there is something always in your eyes. Dry eye has many underlying causes including autoimmune disease, LASIK, and medicines such as antihistamines and antidepressants. There are also many treatments, which include artificial tears, humidifiers, flax seed oil pills, punctal plugs, ointments for the eyes, and wraparound sunglasses. Unfortunately there is no cure.

Answered by: Anne Sumers, MD Dr. Anne Sumers 

Categories: Eye Conditions

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Answered: Apr 03, 2013

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