Dry eye disease is a growing public health problem and one of the most common conditions seen by eye practitioners. It is an extremely common and often unrecognised disease affecting millions of people. It is a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance and tear film instability with potential damage to ocular surface.
Signs and Symptoms of dry eyes
What are the symptoms and signs of dry eyes:
- Dry, scratch, gritty and sandy feeling in the eye.
- Foreign body sensation.
- Ocular irritation, itching and burning.
- Pain, soreness, redness, heaviness of eyelids.
- Blurred vision and intolerance to light.
- Increased blinking, watering and excessive mucous secretion.
The symptoms tend to be worse towards the end of the day with prolonged use of eyes.
As dry eyes syndrome progresses from mild stage to severe, there will be different symptoms and complications.