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What are the Symptoms of Dry Eyes?

  • Stinging or burning eyes
  • Grittiness or scratchiness
  • Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
  • Discomfort when wearing contact lenses
  • Blurred or Fluctuating Vision
  • Pain
  • Light Sensitivity
  • A feeling of a foreign body or sand in the eye
  • Excess tearing
  • Redness of the eye
  • Heavy eyelids
  • Increased eye irritation from smoke or wind
  • Decreased tolerance of reading, working on the computer, or any activity that requires sustained visual attention

Visual tasks can cause excessive evaporation of tears from reduced blinking. These tasks include prolonged periods of reading or computer use.

 

Excess tearing from"dry eye" may sound illogical, but it can be understood as the eye's response to discomfort. If the tears responsible for maintaining lubrication do not keep the eye wet enough, the eye becomes irritated. Eye irritation prompts the gland that makes tears (called the lacrimal gland) to release a large volume of tears, overwhelming the tear drainage system. These excess tears then overflow from your eye.

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