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7 Common Dry Eye Symptoms and How to Reduce Them

In today’s blog, you’ll learn to identify the most common dry eye symptoms and how they could be affecting you. Splash Tears cares about your well-being all around but especially your visual health. So today, we bring you seven common symptoms of dry eye like red eyes, blurry vision, and light sensitivity. So you can identify this condition and seek help if you are at risk of dry eye syndrome.

Why is it important to understand dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome affects approximately 16.4 million Americans, but some don’t even know it. People over 50, women, and contact users are at high risk of developing dry eye syndrome.

What is dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a condition where your tears are deficient, you don’t produce enough tears or your tears evaporate too fast. Continue reading to learn more about these symptoms and how Splash Tears can help you ease them.

#1 – Overly watery eyes

Watery eyes is one of the most common indicators of dry eye syndrome and a symptom that confuses many patients. Why does this happen? In simple words, due to inefficient tears.

Your tears need three main elements to be efficient; oil, water, and mucus. Your tears are inadequate if one or more of those elements are absent. So, whenever you have watery eyes, it’s because your body keeps trying to lubricate your eyes. But your tears are not doing their job. So, in an attempt to relieve your symptoms, your eyes continue to produce more and more tears.

To avoid watery eyes, you can use artificial tears a few times a day. Artificial tears will help your body fight the annoying symptoms of dry eye syndrome. There are many options, but we recommend Splash Tears, a gentle formula meant to keep you going.

#2 – Blurry vision

Excessive use of devices, contact lenses, and dehydration can cause blurry vision. But the main cause for blurry vision in dry eye patients is lack of oil in their tears. As your eyes dry out, it can become hard to blink, leading to blurry vision and difficulty focusing.

Eat a diet rich in Omega 3 and stay hydrated to mitigate this annoying symptom. Also, avoid rubbing your eyes, as this can make things worse. Rubbing your eyes too hard can damage your cornea.

Keratoconus is a condition in which your cornea thins out and can lose its shape. Losing your cornea’s natural shape can lead to glaucoma and other ocular diseases. So, no rubbing those pretty eyes, my friend. Instead, eat well, stay active, drink plenty of water and use artificial tears if necessary.

#3 – Gritty sensation in your eyes

Do you ever feel like you have debris or a grain of sand in your eyes? You rub and rinse with water, but nothing seems to help. You may even ask someone to look inside your eyes, but they don’t see anything. That is because, in fact, you do not have anything inside your eyes. It is instead a symptom of dry eye syndrome.

When your eyes are not well lubricated, they dry off fast as the tears evaporate from your tear film. This leads to extreme dryness and a gritty sensation. Like when your skin is dry, and it cracks or feels rough.

Another reason for this could be allergies or dehydration. Eat a well-balanced diet, stay hydrated, and do some form of physical activity. A healthy life will keep your eyes working optimally and dry eye symptoms at bay.

#4 – Sensitivity to light

If the sun or office lights make you cry, you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. Chronic dry eye syndrome can be a difficult disease to live with. But you do not have to suffer alone and in silence. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor and create a roadmap to help you alleviate them.

What do dry eyes have to do with sensitivity to light? As your eyes dry out, your ocular surface develops irregularities. These minor deformations in your cornea affect how light travels through your eyes, making you very sensitive to light.

To avoid glare, you may wear glacier glasses during the day and blue light glasses when using smart devices. Avoid dimming lights indoors and wearing sunglasses inside. This will only make you more sensitive to light. You need some form of exposure to light to make your eyes get used to it.

#5 – Eye redness

Overly red eyes are another common symptom of dry eye syndrome. When your eyes do not have the necessary lubrication and hydration, they tend to get tired and red. 

Using eye whitening drops is not the answer. These eye drops will only irritate your eyes further and make them sting. Instead, take breaks from screens, do some eye exercises, and soothe your eyes with gentle chemical-free eye drops.

Additionally, make sure you visit your eye doctor every 2 to 4 years if you are between 40 and 54, every 1 to 3 years if you are between 55 and 64, and every 1 to 2 years if you are over 65. Prevention is the best method of dealing with ocular diseases.

#6 – Hard time wearing contacts

Do your contacts sting and stick to your cornea when you try to put them on? This is another common indicator of dry eye syndrome. Due to a lack of proper eye lubrication, people with dry eyes struggle to wear contacts and may be better off wearing framed glasses.

Give your eyes a break at least once or twice a week if you are a contact user, and avoid sleeping in your contacts. Also, ensure you have a solution that can be used while wearing your contacts to lubricate and refresh your eyes.

We recommend applying a few drops of Splash Tears before putting on your contact lenses to avoid stinging and pain. And you can use a few more after you remove your contacts before going to bed.

#7 – Trouble with night driving

Is nighttime driving a difficult or almost impossible task for you? If so, then you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. Similar to photophobia, driving at night becomes difficult due to the irregularities in the surface of your eyes.

These irregularities make oncoming traffic lights blinding and difficult to deal with. You may even have to pull over or slow down. Be mindful of this effect and take the proper precautions when driving at night. 

To mitigate this, wear anti-reflective glasses and keep your windshield as clean as possible. Also, dim the lights inside your vehicle and try not to focus on the headlights of the other car.

That is all for today. Splash Tears hopes you found the information you were looking for and that you have a clear understanding of this bothersome disease. If you have some of these symptoms or think you may be at risk, please seek help as soon as possible. Your vision is one of your most important senses, and we want to see you live a long and healthy life. 

To soothe these annoying symptoms, use Splash Tears. Our fast-acting eye drops are formulated with electronics and hypromellose to keep you #onthego throughout your most difficult days. Say bye to dry eye with Splash Tears. You can find more information on our Facebook and Instagram. Check out our other blogs for more dry eye information, career tips, and inspiration. We wish you a beautiful day, and take care of those eyes!

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