Dry eye is a common condition where your eyes don’t produce enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly and don’t spread evenly across the front of the eye.
Every time you blink, your eyelids spread a thin layer of tears across the front of the eye. This tear film prevents our eyes from feeling dry and is made up of three layers:
The main eye dry symptoms are:
Causes of dry eyes:
Dry eye tends to be a long term condition. Once you have it, you will usually be prone to it and will need ongoing treatment. If you have dry eye symptoms it’s better to consult an Optician.
There are a number of treatments available but most people with dry eyes will need to use some form of drops or gel called 'lubricants'. These can help your eyes feel more comfortable.
Your Optician will advise you on the correct type of dry eye treatment, including the right lubricants to use that are tailored to your particular level and type of dryness. They will also recommend a management plan designed for your specific needs.
If you’re worried about dry eye, you should visit your Optician or doctor at the earliest opportunity.