PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Chronic dry eye is a medical condition that affects many people, but few take it seriously enough to talk with their doctor about it. In dry eye, the eye does not produce the right quantity of tears, or quality, exactly.

One problem in particular is that there is not enough of a liquid layer that helps with lubrication. Several studies have found it’s a condition that worsens at menopause. In fact, it affects one in 12 women over the age of 50.

You will recognize if you have the symptoms. People with chronic dry eye wake up every morning with dry, itchy eyes and blurry vision. There are over-the-counter drops as well as prescription medications available.

You don’t have to suffer. If you notice the symptoms, get treatment. Clearly, there can be help in many cases.

Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor

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