What Does Dry Eye Look Like?

Dry, itchy eyes are one of the most common complaints that eye doctors hear from their patients. People of all ages experience mild to severe dry eyes. Common dry eye symptoms include: 

  • Stinging 
  • Burning 
  • Grittiness 
  • Scratchy Sensation
  • Sensitivity to Light 
  • Excessive Tearing 
  • Stringy Discharge
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Tired Eyes 
  • Heavy Eyelids
  • Contact Lens Discomfort 
  • Blurred Vision 

Dry eyes occur when the eye does not produce tears properly, or when the tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly. In addition, inflammation of the surface of the eye may occur along with dry eye. If left untreated, this condition can lead to pain, ulcers, or scars on the cornea as well as some loss of vision. However, permanent loss of vision from dry eye is uncommon.

Dry eyes are sometimes related to other health conditions in the body. The condition can be an indicator of digestive imbalances or of serious autoimmune diseases, like Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. 

Dry eyes can make it more difficult to perform some activities, such as using a computer or reading for an extended period, and it can decrease your tolerance for dry environments. If you are experiencing dry eye symptoms, contact our doctors in Portage today. Our doctors can help you find a treatment plan to ease your discomfort. Contact Kalamazoo Ophthalmology at 269-329-5860 or website to schedule your appointment.