Take the dry eye test

The discomfort associated with dry eye can take many forms:

  • Stinging, burning or scratchy sensation
  • Stringy mucus in and around the eyes
  • Increased irritation from wind and smoke
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Eye redness
  • Eye fatigue
  • Foreign body sensation (feeling like there is something in the eye)
  • Blurred vision (may be intermittent)
  • Watery eyes
  • Redness and crusting on eyelid margins (blepharitis)

Generally, dry eyes don’t cause serious problems to vision or health. However, in extreme cases, possible complications include:

  • Long-term discomfort
  • Heavy dependence on artificial tears
  • Frequent eye or eyelid infections
  • Scarring on the surface of the eye
  • Visual impairment
  • Decreased quality of life – ranging from chronic discomfort to depression