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What Does a Dry Eye Feel Like?

Posted by Dr. Danny P. Malone on May 11, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Dry eye comes in many shapes and sizes. It’s different for each person. While I often refer to it as the “Sands of the Sahara,” as in itchy and scratchy eyes, it can also be too much tearing or excess mucous. 

Dry Eye Symptoms 

sahara desertI wrote about the “Top 10 Dry Eye Symptoms” in an earlier post. Those symptoms include dry, burning, and aching sensations; stinging and soreness; and excess watering, tearing, and mucous in your eyes. It also includes sensitivity to light, tired eyes, blurred vision, and even difficulty seeing at night. It can even be a compilation of all those things.

How Can I Tell if Have Dry Eyes? 

If you wear contact lenses, are getting older, live in a dry and windy environment, experience excess air conditioning, have any number of medical conditions or are taking specific medications, it can all cause dry eyes. 

See my blog post “Common Causes of Dry Eyes” for further details. Of course, some of those factors are always going to be present if you live in North Texas. 

Taking Care of Your Dry Eyes

You’ll find some superb tips on taking care of your dry eyes in my post “How to Combat Dry Eye Flare Ups.” One simple option is to make sure you’re blinking regularly, which often doesn’t happen as much as needed when you’re staring at a computer screen all day. 

In addition, wearing sunglass, increasing the humidity in the air at work and home, drinking plenty of water, and taking nutritional supplements with essential fatty acids can often help. 

Treatments for Dry Eye

I’ve created an extensive list of treatments for dry eyes that includes drops, pills, plugs, beads, and warmth. There are simple and straightforward options as well as some options that require surgery. 

The important thing is to work with a qualified, professional eye doctor who has considerable experience diagnosing the underlying causes and who can then develop just the right treatment for your specific situation.

That’s what we do at Vision Source Plano. Give us a call and let’s get started providing you superb vision care and treating your dry eye.

Use our contact form or call us at 972-612-2099.

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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