Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome
Not all people with dry eye syndrome exhibit intensely uncomfortable symptoms. These people may delay seeing an eye doctor until the severity increases to the point where their life is adversely affected. Irreversible damage may occur in the interim. For this reason, we give every patient coming in for an eye exam a questionnaire asking about common dry eye symptoms.
Most people don’t even realize they have mild symptoms of dry eye syndrome!
Common symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Foreign-body sensation
- Eye fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Fluctuating vision
- Light sensitivity
- Ghosting of vision
Of special mention, are the last two symptoms. Ghosting of the vision means there is a shadow of the image. This is in contrast to seeing double, where there are two distinct images. Tearing may seem like an odd symptom for dry eyes, but it does occur! When we blink and produce a tear, it needs to be sufficient to lubricate the eye before the next replenishing blink occurs. If it isn’t, a signal requesting reinforcements is made.
Reinforcements come in the way of an emergency supply of tears. It’s an all or nothing process, resulting in flooding of the eye. Eventually, those tears can run out and the symptoms can convert from tearing to burning, foreign body sensation, etc.