Symptoms of Dry Eye

Although dryness is the most obvious symptom, Dry Eye Syndrome can also make your eyes feel tired, gritty, watery or sensitive to light. Unfortunately, there is no cure for dry eye.

Dry eye can be hard to diagnose, because there are such a wide variety of possible causes and contributors to the condition. On top of that, not everyone experiences the same dry eye symptoms – or describes these symptoms in exactly the same way.

Have you noticed any of the following dry eye symptoms?

  • Eye dryness
  • Eye irritation
  • Scratchy eyes
  • Burning or stinging eyes
  • Foreign body sensation (Feels like something is in your eyes)
  • Gritty eyes
  • Tired eyes
  • Fluctuating or blurry vision
  • Photophobia (Your eyes feel sensitive to light)
  • The impulse to blink more than usual
  • General eye discomfort
  • Excessive tearing

If you experience one or more of the symptoms above, you may have dry eye. To find out for sure, however, it’s best to see your eye professional.

Excessive tearing

You may not associate having too many tears with dry eye, but it’s one of the more common dry eye symptoms. If the surface of your eye has been damaged and isn’t holding onto tears like it should, your tear-producing glands may be triggered to produce more tears to help flush the eye.

Long-term complications

If you think you may be experiencing dry eye, it’s very important to treat the disorder as soon as possible. Although symptoms may start off with mild irritation, they can become quite severe. Also, in some cases, long-term corneal damage from dry eye can actually lead to impaired vision over time.