Dry eyes are becoming more common as we stare at screens all day and increase our exposure to varying environmental conditions and irritants. There is an overwhelming amount of products marketed for temporary relief of “dry eyes” which can contribute to worsening of symptoms in some cases. There are multiple types of dry eyes, each with a unique solution, and the optometrist will tailor a specific plan to treat your dry eyes. Left untreated, dry eyes can cause scarring and impair vision. Having routine eye exams will ensure that the optometrist can notice signs of dry eyes even before you have symptoms which will allow for early treatment and maintenance of a healthy ocular surface.