Dry Eye Symptoms

At Dry Eye Institutes of America™ we have one goal: to effectively relieve you of the discomfort brought on by Dry Eye Disease. When you have Dry Eyes your tear film isn’t healthy (the natural layer of tears that coat the front of your eyes). If your tear film isn’t functioning properly your eyes may not produce enough tears, which can cause the eyes to become irritated. To fight the irritation, the brain may respond by producing too many tears causing a variety of symptoms. This is why Dry Eyes is also referred to as tear film dysfunction.

In the same way that causes can vary, symptoms can vary too. There are numerous types of Dry Eye symptoms, the most common include:

  • Excessive tears or “watering”
  • A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes
  • Blurred vision, often worsening at the end of the day or after focusing for long periods (reading, computer work, or video games)
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
  • A sensation of having something in your eyes
  • Increased eye irritation from smoke or wind
  • Eye fatigue and/or headaches
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Frequent blinking

These or other types of symptoms can reoccur if not treated and managed properly. Not only can this become a nuisance, it can interrupt work, duties at home, activities or the simple pleasure of reading a book. The important thing to know is that Dry Eyes is always treatable, and our specialists have the expertise to more effectively manage your treatment for longer term relief.