What are the Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome?
Allergies, lifestyle, age and hormonal changes each can trigger dry eye, a reduction in the amount or quality of tears we produce. The National Eye Institute lists these symptoms as warning signs:
Stinging or burning of the eye
A sandy or gritty feeling as if something is in the eye
Episodes of excess tears following very dry eye periods
Pain and redness of the eye
Episodes of blurred vision
Inability to cry when emotionally distressed
Uncomfortable contact lenses
Decreased tolerance of reading, working on the computer or any activity that requires continual visual attention
Sensitivity to light
These symptoms can have a major impact on quality of life. A 2015 population-based study found a close association between stress and depression with the symptoms of dry eye. If dry eye symptoms persist, make an appointment with an ophthalmologist to get an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment to avoid permanent damage.