What are the symptoms of dry eyes?
Apart from the sensation of feeling dry, symptoms may include stinging, a burning or gritty sensation, redness, blurred vision, foreign body sensation, difficulty tolerating contact lenses, white stringy mucous discharge, light sensitivity and in some cases even watery eyes (in response to the irritation from dry eyes).
How is it treated?
Initially, it’s worth checking to see if the symptoms are a sign of Blepharitis, which is a leading cause of evaporative dry eye.
Dry eyes cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be treated, and regular tear supplements may help. It’s advisable to optimise your environment in the first instance – for example by using a humidifier and also by avoiding air being blown directly into your eyes from heaters, fans or air-conditioners. Tests for dry eyes and a thorough examination of your tears and eye surface will help to determine the best course of treatment.