A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation that feels like having sand in your eye.
Who gets dry eye?
Between 1 in 10 to 1 in 3 people suffer from dry eye disease. It becomes more common with increasing age and affects women more than men.
DO YOU HAVE DRY EYES?
You may first notice dry eyes after having difficulty wearing contact lenses or driving at night. You may even get watery eyes. Blurred vision and eye fatigue are common. If you have prolonged symptoms of dry eyes, including red, tired or painful eyes, call me so I can determine what’s bothering you and treat it.
YOUR EYES FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE FROM STINGING AND BURNING
You experience a stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes. You may be sensitive to light, have eye redness, and the sensation of having something gritty in your eyes.
IS THIS YOUR AVERAGE DAY?
You might awaken to find you have a sticky and stringy mucus in or around your eyes. Your eyes may feel stuck shut in the morning and you may feel the immediate need to rub them. You may notice the whites of your eyes are red when looking in the mirror. As you brush your teeth you may notice you can’t see clearly. You may experience dry eyes in certain situations, such as on an aeroplane, in an air-conditioned room, while riding a bike or after looking at a computer screen for a few hours. You might find it hard to focus after working at the computer for a while. Blinking a few times will bring your eyes back into focus. When out for a walk in the wind, your eyes start to spontaneously water. The day-long grittiness makes your eyes feel tired when watching TV in the evening.
IF YOUR SYMPTOMS ARE SEVERE…
You may notice you become irritable and easily frustrated, causing you to appear less friendly to others. People may assume you are emotional, especially if you’re prone to excessively watering eyes as your body responds to the irritation of dry eyes.
DO YOUR DRY EYES MAKE YOU UNSUITABLE FOR LASER EYE SURGERY
Don’t worry, it can be temporary. If you are considering having laser eye surgery and have symptoms of dryness, itching, discomfort or stinging, then it is crucial that you have a thorough dry eye assessment. If necessary, I will provide you with treatment for your dry eye disease to maximise the health of your ocular surface before I perform any eye surgery for you.
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Mr Alex J. Shortt | Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
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I’m Alex Shortt, a highly trained academic researcher and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon based in London’s famous Harley Street medical district. I trained and worked as a consultant for 14 years at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital. I specialise in advanced technologies for correcting vision, including stem cell cataract surgery, implantable contact lenses and laser vision correction.