Frequently Asked Questions About Dry Eye
Despite how many people it affects, there is little awareness about Dry Eye Syndrome, which can also be called Dry Eye Disease. This results in lots of frequently asked questions about the symptoms, causes and treatments of Dry Eye.
In this blog, our Dry Eye expert answers the most frequently searched questions about Dry Eye, with the aim of helping people who are unaware of the condition, and those who are already diagnosed with chronic Dry Eye Disease.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry Eye Syndrome is a common eye condition that causes the surface of the eye to become dry and irritated. It affects one in four people in the UK and can be caused by a number of lifestyle factors. 1
There are two main types of Dry Eye: Aqueous Tear Deficient Dry Eye when the lacrimal glands in your eyes don’t make enough tears, and Evaporative Dry Eye when your tears dry up too quickly.2
What are the symptoms of Dry Eye?
There are many different symptoms of Dry Eye, and it can be linked to other conditions like Blepharitis, and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.
The most commonly experienced symptoms of Dry Eye include:
Eyes that feel…
Gritty or sandy
Sensitive to light
More watery than normal.
If you have any of these symptoms you might be suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome.3 They could also be signs of another condition, so it is also important to consult your GP before seeking any treatment.
What causes Dry Eye?
There are many different causes of Dry Eye, and factors that can make a person more likely to experience the condition. The main trigger of Dry Eye Syndrome is a lack of sufficient lubricating tears – meaning the surface of the eye becomes dry and irritated.4
Tears can be inadequate or unstable for many reasons, including old age, menopause, prolonged screen use, increased exposure to dry hot or cold air and certain medications.5 Dry Eye Syndrome can, more often than not, be caused by more than one of these factors.
Can Dry Eye cause blurry vision?
Blurry vision is a symptom associated with Dry Eye Syndrome. Dry Eye that is left untreated can even lead to more serious sight problems. Mostly blurry vision problems can be helped by using eye drops and other effective dry eye treatments, but they can also be related to other conditions like Lupus and Sjogren’s syndrome, so if in doubt consult your GP before seeking treatment. 6
Blurry vision can be made worse by frequently staring at screens. Click here to read more tips on how to manage Dry Eye and screen time.
What does Dry Eye feel like?
Dry Eye has many different possible symptoms, so can feel different for everyone.7 Many Dry Eye sufferers say that their eyes feel itchy or scratchy, are constantly streaming and feel like there is something stuck in them. Whatever the different symptoms, most patients say that their eyes don’t feel ‘normal’.
Can you cure Dry Eye?
Depending on the severity of the Dry Eye, it might cease to be a problem with effective treatment, or might recur throughout someone’s life. There is no current cure for chronic Dry Eye, but there are many treatment options and lifestyle changes that can be made to ease symptoms and maintain a great quality of life. 8
The backbone of effectively managing Dry Eye is a 3-step treatment plan.
Step 1: Apply a heated compress, such as Meibopatch, to unblock your tear glands and relieve your eyes.9
Step 2: Is to cleanse any debris that has built up in your eyes, with a cleanser like Naviblef, that is specially designed to reduce discomfort.10
Step 3: Is to incorporate an effective eye drop like VisuXL Gel into your daily routine.With 12hr protection with just one drop morning and night, your eyes will feel a great sense of relief. 11 12 †
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- NHS UK, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dry-eyes/, Accessed Nov 2021.
- Ellis, Reiff Rachel. ‘Types of Dry Eye’, WebMD, 21/06/21, Accessed Oct 2021: https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/dry-eye-types
- Mayo Clinic, ‘Dry Eyes’ https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-eyes/symptoms-causes/syc-20371863 Accessed Nov 2021.
- Brazier, Yvette, ‘What is Dry Eye and How Can I Get Rid of It?’, Medical News Today, 11th Jan 2018, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/170743 Accessed Nov 2021.
- Not a Dry Eye Foundation, ‘Causes’, https://www.notadryeye.org/all-about-dry-eye-syndrome/causes-of-dry-eye-syndrome-and-related-diseases/ Accessed Nov 2021.
- Watson, Kathryn, ‘What Causes Dry Eyes and Blurry Vision’, Healthline, 21st August 2020, https://www.healthline.com/health/what-causes-dry-eyes-and-blurry-vision Accessed Nov 2021.
- Dry Eye Doctor, ‘Dry Eye- FAQ’, https://dryeyedoctor.co.uk/home/dry-eye-faq/ Accessed Nov 2021.
- Daniels, Lowri, ‘Can You Permanently Cure Dry Eyes?’, Medical News Today, 25th Feb 2021, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/how-to-cure-dry-eyes-permanently#is-there-a-cure Accesed Nov 2021.
- Meibopatch Instructions for Use (IFU)
- Naviblef Instructions for Use (IFU)
- VisuXL Instructions for Use (IFU)
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