Sensational Spring: The Dreaded Dry Eye Season

(taken from online optometry publication “mivision”)

Spring is such a sensational time of year… but spare a thought for the four million Aussies and one million Kiwis suffering dry eye, a condition further exacerbated by the warm breezes and pollens that mark the season…

 Dry Eye Disease: The Symptoms

  • Pain when blinking
  • Gritty feeling inside the eyes
  • Eye redness
  • Irritation
  • Itchiness
  • Inability to endure wearingcontact lenses.

Chronic Dry Eye can lead to more serious discomfort with patients experiencing:

  • Stinging or burning sensation in the eyes
  • Headaches
  • High sensitivity even to low-key lighting
  • Blurry vision and difficulty in seeing at night
  • Incessant itchiness
  • Pain
  • Dryness that occurs more often than usual.

Complications of chronic dry eye can include inflammation of the ocular surface, eyelids and loss of visual acuity. Additionally, left undiagnosed or poorly managed, Dry Eye can lead to frequent eye infections, transient fluctuations in vision, damage and permanent scarring or ulceration of the corneal and blindness.