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Dry Eye Syndrome

Patients ask us all the time “What is Dry Eye Syndrome?”

Dry eye is a condition where people cannot produce enough tears to nourish the eye. Luckily crying is not the only way to cover you eye with tears, every time you blink you produce a film of tears that spreads over the eye, keeping your eye surface smooth and clear of debris. When this protective coating dries up, the eyes may feel “gritty” or burn and can be more sensitive to light. In extreme cases, vision can be blurred. Often daily activities, like working on a computer can cause infrequent blinking which could lead to dry eye. 

Some symptoms of dry eye are:

  • Burning sensation
  • Itchy eyes
  • Aching sensations
  • Heavy eyes
  • Fatigued eyes
  • Sore eyes
  • Dryness sensation
  • Red eyes
  • Photophobia (light sensitivity)
  • Blurred vision
  • Foreign body sensation — the feeling that grit or something is “in” your eye.
  • Another symptom of dry eye is actually watery eyes. Though this may sound kind of odd, watery eyes also can be a symptom of dry eye syndrome. The dryness on the eye may sometimes over-stimulate tears as a protective measure. This reflex through does not stay long enough to nourish the eye.

If you suspect that you have dry eye, see your eye doctor. Proper care will not only increase your comfort – it will protect your eyes. Your eye care provider can perform a series of tests to determine if you have dry eyes.