Dry Eyes and Pink Eye

What are Dry Eyes?

Dry eyes can occur when tears are unable to provide enough moisture to lubricate eyes, due to either inadequate tear production or poor tear quality. Dry eyes can feel uncomfortable and even burn or sting. You may experience dry eyes during air travel, while riding your bike, in an air-conditioned room or looking at a computer screen for long hours. Women have a higher risk for dry eyes. Other factors include certain medications, aging and laser eye surgery.

What is Pink Eye?

Pink eye, which can be highly contagious, is an inflammation or infection of the membrane that covers your eyelid and the whites of your eyes, causing them to appear reddish or pink. The condition can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection, an allergic reaction or, as with babies, a tear duct that’s not completely open. Other symptoms include itching, tearing, nightly discharge or a gritty feeling in your eyes.