As we go through life, there are some things that we just take for granted. It therefore often comes as an eye-opening experience to “dry eye” sufferers that they are no longer producing enough tears (or tears of sufficient quality) to lubricate and nourish their eyes. Tears are produced by a number of glands in and around the eyelids. As we age, tear production tends to fall off. Dry eye may also be associated with certain medical conditions and can be a side effect of certain medications. The most common cause of dry eye is an inadequate amount of water in the tears. This condition, known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), is also referred to as “dry eye syndrome.” Once properly diagnosed and its underlying cause identified, “dry eye syndrome” can be effectively treated with artificial tear solutions. If your eyes do not produce enough tears, you may experience stinging, scratchiness, or excessive eye irritation from smoke or wind.