Dry, itchy eyes, or "Dry Eye Syndrome" is the most common complaint that eye doctors hear from patients. Symptoms can be felt as dryness, itchiness, burning, stinging, grittiness and an inability to read for long periods of time. People experience dry eye differently. Age, gender, nutritional deficiencies, environmental conditions and eyelid disease or dysfunction all can contribute to the underlying cause of a person's dry eyes. Identifying and treating the cause, not just the symptoms, of dry eyes promotes a natural and effective path to relief.