It can lead to a gritty, stinging or burning feeling in the eyes. Sometimes the eyes can actually feel watery, but the tears that are produced do not wet the surface of the eye effectively and so do not alleviate the symptoms.
An inflammatory condition of the eyelids where the oil-producing glands in the eyelids become blocked. The lack of oil in the tears causes evaporation and increased saltiness of the tears, which further increases the inflammation.
We are all increasingly using tablets, phones and computers throughout the day. When we use these devices we blink much less frequently and often incompletely. Blinking is essential for refreshing the tear film and so reduced blinking leads to the tear film breaking up and causing corneal dryness.
Most medicines have side effect and many of them can be a source of dry eye.
Central heating, air conditioning, air vents in the car and windy weather can all have a direct drying effect on the eye.
The discomfort associated with Dry Eye Syndrome is often underestimated. It can be very uncomfortable and the constant source of irritation can be very distressing. However, with appropriate diagnosis and treatment it can be brought under control and symptoms alleviated.