Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (Dry Eye Syndrome)
- Dry eye syndrome is a non-inflammatory condition characterized by a disturbance of the tear film. It is described as insufficient or poor quality of tears to lubricate and nourish the eyes.
- Eyes will have sensation of dryness, foreign body sensation, burning sensation, sensitivity to light and blurring of vision.
- It is characterized by chronic inflammation of eyelids and is known to be contagious. Symptoms include foreign body or burning sensation, excessive watering of eyes, itching, sensitivity to light, red and swollen eyelids.
- If treatment is delayed, it may cause corneal inflammation and loss of eye sight.
- Episcleritis is an inflammatory condition affecting the episcleral tissue that lies between the conjunctiva and the sclera. It is usually a mild, self-limiting, recurrent disease.
- It produces a section of redness in one or both eyes and some people may develop a white nodule of tissue in the center of the redness, known as nodular episcleritis.