Have I got Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eye Syndrome
Do your eyes feel gritty or uncomfortable, particularly in the mornings? Have they
become painful and sometimes become blurred? A common misconception about
dry eyes is that they can’t be dry if they water excessively. This is incorrect, the
function of the eyes in simple terms is that when they become dry and inflamed
they literally turn on the waterworks in an attempt to lubricate the eye, causing
excessive oily tears. This is known as ‘reflex tear production’.
But what causes dry eye syndrome?
●Dry eyes can be a result of medication or a medical condition
●Ageing and the over 60’s can suffer more
●Inflammatory diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis can be associated with dry
●Hot, dry and windy climates can cause evaporation of tears
While dry eyes are not normally associated with loss of vision, the vision can
become blurry with more sensitivity to the light and redness to the whites of the
Unfortunately, there is no cure for dry eyes but our optometrist will be able to advise
which eye drops and lubricants will be suitable for your eye condition. If you are
finding that your dry eyes become more problematic at certain times of the year or in
particular conditions, try keeping a diary to avoid those circumstances.
Try avoiding air conditioning and open fires as these can lead to evaporation of
tears. Our top tip for using display screen equipment for long periods of time is to
‘think blink’. When we concentrate, we tend to blink less often. Remember to blink
more often to keep the surface of the eye wet.