Age, environmental conditions, hormonal status, medications (including anti-hypertensives, tricyclic antidepressants, and antihistamines), and an ever increasing use of video display terminals are all factors that contribute to dry eyes. Studies show patients with dry eye syndromes are more likely to report problems with reading, carrying out professional work, using a computer, driving, etc. This is in addition to ocular morbidity like discontinuation of contact lens wear, increased risk of eye infections and complications with eye surgery. In the past, the only way to treat dry eyes was to prescribe eyelid hygiene, lifestyle measures (frequent short breaks and omega-3-fatty acids) and artificial tears. Now, we can treat the more severe forms of dry eyes with prescription medications. We can use antibiotics to reduce the bacterial load on the lid margins and/or prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to stop the inflammation at the ocular surface. So, donʼt suffer in silence, see Dr. Mei-Ling Chan, Barrie optometrist, if you experience dry eyes.