Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease

The symptoms of Dry Eye Disease (DED) can be a problem for all ages, but it is more common as we get older. It occurs when your tears are not sufficient to keep the front surface of the eye, your cornea, well lubricated. The cornea needs constant lubrication by tears to stay healthy. “Tears are made up of three components: an outer layer of oil, a middle layer of water, and an inner layer of mucus.” explains Dr. Foster “If you do not produce enough tears, or if the composition of your tears is not balanced, your eyes will not be properly lubricated. The result may be blurry vision, scratchy, itchy eyes, and even pain.”

Common Symptoms
If you have any of the following symptoms, ask your doctor if you have Dry Eye Disease.

  • Stinging and Itching
  • Excessive Tearing
  • Burning Sensation
  • Inflammation And Redness
  • Sandy/Gritty Feeling
  • Sensitivity To Light

Tears and Dry Eyes
Patients often feel their problem cannot be dry eyes because their eyes overflow with too many tears. It may sound odd, but watery eyes are sometimes part of Dry Eye Disease. Dr. Richard Hector explains, “When the cornea becomes too dry, tear glands over stimulate the production of the watery component of your eyes’ tears. Unfortunately, these reflex tears do not lubricate well and they can actually aggravate the problem.”

To find comfort for your dry eyes, make an appointment for a dry eye evaluation. Call toll free 1-866-865-2020 or contact The Eye Associates today!