Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a disorder that occurs when your tear ducts do not produce the right quality or quantity of tear film needed to keep your eyes properly lubricated. People can have dry eye syndrome at any age, but your odds of having it increase as you grow older. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, an estimated 4.9 million people age 50 and over have dry eye syndrome.

Some of the most common symptoms of dry eye syndrome include:

  • A burning, scratchy, or gritty feeling in your eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to wind or smoke
  • Increased light sensitivity
  • Redness in the eyes
  • Foreign body sensation (i.e. feeling that something is in your eye)
  • Blurry vision, especially towards the end of the day
  • Discomfort while wearing contact lenses

Ironically, you may also experience watery eyes, since your body will often try to compensate for the lack of moisture by overproducing the fluid portion of your tears.

At Brooks Eye Associates, we offer effective treatment for dry eye syndrome, including artificial tears and punctual plugs.

If you have further questions about dry eye syndrome, please contact Brooks Eye Associates today or call (972) 737-1181 to schedule a consultation. We serve patients throughout Plano, Frisco, and Dallas, Texas.