What is Dry Eye?
Dry Eye means that your eyes may not be making enough tears, that the tears which are being produced are of poor quality and/or that the tears that are produced evaporate away too quickly. The normal function of the tears is to keep the surface of the eye wet and lubricated, so any shortage of tears or reduction in their quality can produce a gritty, burning sensation and can also disturb vision.
Dry Eye can be persistent and depressing for the sufferer - but with appropriate treatment and management the symptoms can often be substantially relieved.
The symptoms of Dry Eye may include:
- Tired eyes
- Red eyes
- Excessive watering
- Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
- Contact lens discomfort
- Burning, stinging or itching
- Gritty feeling
- Irritation from wind or smoke
- Blurred or smeary vision
The causes are varied and so are the treatments, and we can undertake a comprehensive investigation of your individual signs and symptoms to treat and manage your dry eye problem appropriately and effectively.