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Chronic dry eye or keratoconjunctivitis sicca occurs in 1 in 12 women over 50 in the US. It is a condition where the eye produces insufficient or poor quality tears resulting in dry, itchy eyes and blurred vision. Women are two to three times more prone to chronic dry eye than men. Aging women produce less testosterone which increases the risk of inflammation of the ocular surface which can in turn reduce tear production. Treatment may involve eye drops which can temporarily alleviate symptoms or prescription therapies which aim to treat the cause. The condition can severely impact on a person's quality of life.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by My San
About: Chronic dry eye is treatable
Date: 13 January 2005
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