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Your eyes produce two kinds of tears.  First, there is the watery type that is produced when you cry from emotion or from an irritation like peeling onions. These tears have little or no effect on lubricating your eye. The second types of tears are "lubricating tears".  Your eyes continually produce these tears to keep them confortable.  Because their production decreases normally with age, dry eye is a common complaint in people over forty.  If your eyes lack the necessary lubrication, they will be chronically irritated and may have an overabundance of the watery type of tears. Dry Eye Sydrome can also be caused by dry, smoky rooms, cole and windy enviroments and is often a side effect of prescription medication. TREATNMENT FOR DRY EYES Dry Eye syndrome cannot be cured.  However, in most cases it can be controlled by using artificial lubricating drops to soothe and protect your eyes.  Many effective over-the-counter lubricating tears are available.  Some of the most common include: Genteal, Hypotears, Refresh, Systane, Blink and Optive. there are preservative free drops for dry, sensitive eyes. There are also ointments avaiable that provide overnight relief. If drops and ointments do not prove effective, minor surgical or laser treatment is available.

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