A question about whether an individual's eyes feel or felt dry or gritty

Symptoms of Dry Eyes

The following features are indicative of Dry Eyes:
  • stringy mucus in or around eyes
  • eye redness
  • stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in eyes
  • difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • blurred vision
  • difficulty with nighttime driving
  • sensation of having something in the eyes
  • eye fatigue
  • watery eyes
It is possible that Dry Eyes shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Dry Eyes

The following are the most common causes of Dry Eyes:
  • imbalance in tear composition
  • decreased tear production
  • increased tear evaporation
  • lack of adequate tears

Risk Factors for Dry Eyes

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Dry Eyes:
  • being a woman
  • wearing contact lenses
  • eating a diet that is low in vitamin A
  • being older than 50 years

Prevention of Dry Eyes

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Dry Eyes. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • take periodic eye breaks
  • avoid air blowing in the eyes
  • avoid smoking
  • use artificial tears regularly
  • position the computer screen below eye level
  • wear wraparound sunglasses or other protective eyewear
  • add moisture to the air

Occurrence of Dry Eyes

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Dry Eyes cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Dry Eyes can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Dry Eyes can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Dry Eyes

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Dry Eyes:
  • Schirmer test: To measure the tear production
  • Comprehensive eye exam: To diagnose the cause of the dry eyes
  • Slit lamp examination: To diagnose dry eyes and to detect any damage to the eye
  • Tear breakup time: To calculate the time for tears to break up in the eye
  • The Tear Osmolarity Test: To diagnose dry eye disease
  • Tear protein analysis test: To calculate the lysozyme contained within tears

Doctor for Diagnosis of Dry Eyes

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Dry Eyes:
  • Ophthalmologist

Complications of Dry Eyes if untreated

Yes, Dry Eyes causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Dry Eyes is left untreated:
  • eye inflammation
  • decreased quality of life
  • eye infections
  • abrasion of the corneal surface
  • corneal ulcer
  • vision problems

Procedures for Treatment of Dry Eyes

The following procedures are used to treat Dry Eyes:
  • LipiFlow thermal pulsation: Clear blocked oil glands than regular warm compresses and eyelid washing
  • Intense-pulsed light therapy: Helps in treating severe dry eyes

Self-care for Dry Eyes

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Dry Eyes:
  • Use baby shampoo or another mild soap: Controls the eyelid inflammation
  • Apply a warm washcloth to the eyes: To loosen any debris and relieves dry eye symptoms

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Dry Eyes

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Dry Eyes:
  • Use castor oil eye drops: Decreases tear evaporation and improves the dry eye symptoms
  • Acupuncture: Relieves the dry eye symptoms
  • Add omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to the diet: Heals dry eye signs and symptoms

Patient Support for Treatment of Dry Eyes

The following actions may help Dry Eyes patients:
  • Join support group: Beneficial in coping with the disease

Time for Treatment of Dry Eyes

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Dry Eyes to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 3 - 6 months

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Dry Eyes.

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