Dry Keratoconjunctivitis (Xerophthalmia)

What is Xerophthalmia?

  • Acute conjunctivitis causes changes in the secretion of tears in the eyes
  • Causes itchy and dry eyes


  • Primary
  • Secondary: Rheumatoid diseases, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus Erythematosus, etc.


  • Dry eye
  • Burning
  • Excessive tearing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sandy or gritty sensation
  • Severe cases will affect the corneal epidermis, causing the corneal epidermis to rub and ulcer.


If dry eyes are caused by acute conjunctivitis, it is recommended to control the condition of conjunctivitis first, cooperate with other methods for treatment, such as artificial tears without preservatives, eye drops, eye gels, etc.


  • The clinical symptoms of dry keratoconjunctivitis and chronic conjunctivitis are similar, which is easy to confuse.
  • If the above symptoms are found, it is recommended to consult an ophthalmologist and perform a detailed eye examination to avoid delay in treatment and affect vision.

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