Dry Eye Symptoms

We all experience tired eyes from time-to-time when watching too much TV, reading, or spending time on the computer. This is normal eye fatigue. Simply taking a break from these activities can relieve the symptoms fairly quickly.

Bloodshot eyes are a common symptom of eye fatigue, however, symptoms of dry eye differ from normal, tired eyes.

Your eyes depend on the flow of tears to provide constant moisture and lubrication to maintain vision and comfort. This is often referred to as the tear film but is different to the way in which we normally think of tears.

The tear film is a combination of water, for moisture, oils, for lubrication and a mucus and protein mixture for even spreading and protection from infection.

This lipid and water combination is secreted by glands located around the eye: the Meibomian and Lacrimal glands. Tiny holes in your upper and lower eyelids help secrete the tear film across the surface of the eye as you blink.

When the eye does not produce an adequate tear film, or when the tear film is not of the correct consistency and evaporates too quickly on the eye surface, dry eye symptoms such as the following start to appear:

  • stinging or burning of the eye; (very common)
  • a sandy or gritty feeling as if something is in the eye; (common)
  • episodes of excess tears (epiphora) following very dry eye periods;
  • a stringy discharge from the eye;
  • painful and bloodshot eyes;
  • episodes of blurred vision;
  • uncomfortable contact lenses;
  • light sensitivity;
  • decreased tolerance of reading, working on the computer or any activity that requires sustained visual attention; (very common)
  • eye fatigue;
  • uncomfortable contact lenses;
  • dry eyes in the morning.

If you are a long time dry eye sufferer or only recently started to experience discomfort, many of the above dry eye symptoms will be familiar. Even experiencing one or two of the above symptoms can make life very uncomfortable day-to-day.

Severe dry eyes can occur for many people affected by one, or typically many of the above dry eye symptoms.

Controlling the inflammation and discomfort that often go hand in hand with dry eye disease are important steps on the journey towards a cure.

Well-balanced hormones and some subtle changes to every day diets are key to providing relief for dry eyes.


  1. Bharat Shah says:

    Even after cataract operation of both the eyes., at 63 years , i experience severe dry eye syndrome and photophobia.
    Please advise me suitable diet, other secondary operation or medical treatment. Thanks.
    Bharat Shah
    7028055060 and 9892016689

    • Hi Bharat, in your situation I would suggest to see your opthalmologist for a further checkup and treatment plan. To supplement this, I would be drinking at least 1.5 litres of water a day to stay well hydrated and check out our “body detox” page for tips on dietary changes. Best wishes.

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