Top 10 Dry Eye Symptoms

I’ve written extensively about dry eyes based on my decades of experience treating all types of dry eyes. In fact, I’ve founded a special dry eye treatment center here at Vision Source Plano.


dry eyes computerGiven that background, here are the top 10 dry eye symptoms that I see in my practice:

  1. Dry sensation
  2. Burning and aching sensations
  3. Redness or tired eyes
  4. Stinging and soreness
  5. Scratching, itching, sandy, or gritty sensation
  6. Sensitivity to light
  7. Difficulty wearing contact lenses or feeling like something is in your eye
  8. Excess watering and tearing
  9. Excess mucus in or around your eyes and blurred vision
  10. Difficulty seeing at night

You may experience one or more of these symptoms once in a while, but many report that they get more frequent and even worse over time. Plus, as you age, and particularly over age 40, you can almost always count on dry eye getting more frequent.

MedicineNet has a good review of Dry Eye Syndrome Symptoms and Signs. You can also read more at Mayo Clinic Dry Eyes Symptoms

Causes and Treatments

Those are the symptoms. What about the underlying causes and treatments? For background on causes see my blog post titled “Common Causes of Dry Eyes.” For an overview of treatments, review the dry eye section on our website.

I also like the article at EyeHealth Web titled “A Complete Guide to Dry Eye Syndrome.” The American Optometric Association also has a “Dry Eye Overview” that covers causes and treatments.

What’s Next?

With over 3 million cases of dry eye treated each year and 5% of Americans complaining of some form of dry eye, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms then you’re not alone.

The big takeaway is to see your doctor about these symptoms. We can find out the underlying cause and help alleviate the symptoms. It’s important for your long term eye health.

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Or give us a call at 972-612-2099 and we can help alleviate those systems and find the underlying cause.

Disclaimer: The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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