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About Dry Eye
Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that occurs when the eyes do not make enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly It leads to the eyes drying out and becoming inflamed and irritated. Although it requires treatment, it is not usually a serious condition.
The symptoms of dry eye syndrome usually affect both eyes and often include feelings of dryness, grittiness or soreness that get worse throughout the day. Your eyes will be red and perhaps your eyelids stick together when you wake up. You find you have temporarily blurred vision, which usually improves when you blink
See your GP if you experience persistent symptoms of dry eye syndrome. They may examine you to check if the problem is caused by an underlying condition or may refer you to your optometrist or ophthalmologist for further tests.
How dry eye syndrome is treated
We run a Dry Eye clinic that can help you manage dry eye and offer treatments to alleviate the condition.
Our treatments include eye drops to lubricate the eyes, medications to reduce any inflammation, and (on rare occasions) surgery to prevent tears from draining away easily.
If dry eye syndrome is caused by an underlying condition, treating this condition will usually help relieve the symptoms.
Caring for your eyes
As well as medical treatments, there are some things you can do yourself to help prevent dry eye syndrome or reduce the symptoms. These include keeping your eyes and eyelids clean and protecting them from dusty, smoky, windy and dry environments. You should use your computer correctly to avoid eye strain and using a humidifier to moisten the air often helps. Make sure your diet is healthy and that it includes omega-3 fats.
Dry eye syndrome may be uncomfortable, but does not usually cause any serious problems. In rare cases, severe untreated dry eye syndrome can cause scarring of the eye's surface, leading to visual impairment.
Contact your GP or visit your nearest A&E immediately if you have any of the following symptoms, as they could be a sign of a more serious condition:
extreme sensitivity to light
very red or painful eyes
a deterioration in your vision.