Have you ever had that feeling of something in your eye when you knew they were clear? Do your eyes ever feel itchy or gritty or tired, particularly at the end of the day? You may have Dry Eye.
Dry eye or keratoconjunctivitis is common. In fact, studies estimate up to 30% of people may experience dry eye at some point in their lives. It is more common in people over 60 – particularly menopausal women. Whilst dry eye is not normally serious, in extreme cases it can damage the eye and vision. Whilst there is no cure, most people can be kept comfortable using eye drops.
Every blink spreads tears across the surface of the eye and these tears form a tear film which hydrates, lubricates and protects the surface of the eye so that vision stays clear and comfortable. When the tears produced are insufficient to replenish the tear film, or the tear film is unstable, eyes can feel gritty, scratchy and irritated, an issue more commonly known as dry eyeSymptoms of dry eye
- Itchy, burning or scratchy sensations in or around the eyes
- Dryness, grittiness, stinging or soreness in the eyes that worsens through the day
- Red eyes
- Watery eyes, particularly when exposed to wind
- Occasional blurred vision and sensitivity to normal light