So, what exactly
is dry eye?

Explore each section to gain a basic understanding of Dry Eye, the symptoms, the causes and treatment options.

DRY EYE SYMPTOMS

Common Dry Eye Symptoms
  • Irritation
  • Dryness
  • Burning/stinging
  • Gritty and sandy feeling
  • Itching
  • Scratchiness
  • Swelling/puffy eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Light sensitivity
  • Transient blurred vision
  • "Something in my eye" feeling
  • Discomfort during contact lens wear
  • Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Redness




AN ESTIMATED 25 MILLION AMERICANS EXPERIENCE DRY EYE SYMPTOMS.1

Do your eyes feel dry? Burning? Irritated? These are common Dry Eye symptoms. It surprises many people that excessive tearing is also a symptom, but when your eyes become overly dry, the eye sends a distress signal through the nervous system for more lubrication. This can result in “reflex tearing” causing tears to overflow out of your eyes.

WHEN AND WHERE YOU EXPERIENCE DRY EYE SYMPTOMS CAN VARY.

No matter what kind of symptoms you have, they’re typically worse later in the day. They can also worsen during reading, computer use, driving at night and watching television. In other words, activities that involve focusing your eyes can contribute to your eyes experiencing more symptoms. You may also notice increased symptoms in windy, dry environments, office buildings or when on an airplane.

DO YOUR SYMPTOMS NECESSARILY MEAN YOU HAVE DRY EYES?

The symptoms we’ve described can be found in other eye conditions. Only a doctor can determine if you have Dry Eye. If you think you may be suffering from one or more Dry Eye symptoms, it’s best to make an appointment with your eye doctor.