Dry Eye Syndrome: Signs/Symptoms/Causes

Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common visual concerns that eye doctors see on a daily basis. It is often confused for ocular allergies or other eye health conditions, leading to inappropriate or ineffective treatment options. As such, it is important to know the signs of symptoms of dry eye syndrome and what can cause it or makes it worse.

Typical signs & symptoms may include:

  • Scratchy/Gritty Sensation
  • Burning/Stinging
  • Redness
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Sharp pain
  • Blurred vision or fluctuating vision
  • Excess tearing

Common causes may include:

  • Aging
  • Environment factors
  • Reduced blinking
  • Contact lens wear
  • Eyelid conditions (meibomianitis & blepharitis)
  • LASIK and other refractive surgeries
  • Medications (antihistamines, acne medications, water pills, etc.)
  • Hormonal changes, including menopause
  • Medical conditions (diabetes, arthritis, thyroid problems, Sjogren’s, etc.)

If you think that you may have dry eye syndrome, talk to one of our Kingsway Optometry eye doctors about possible treatment options during your next eye test.