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10 Signs You May Have Dry Eye Syndrome

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Are you experiencing dry, itchy, or irritated eyes? You may be suffering from dry eye syndrome, a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. If left untreated, this condition can cause uncomfortable symptoms and lead to vision problems. However, the good news is that multiple treatment options are available, and Wang Vision Institute can help you find the right one. 

Below, we discuss ten signs that may indicate you have dry eye syndrome and the treatment options that can help you find relief here at Wang Vision.

(1) Eye Redness

Red, bloodshot eyes are a common symptom of dry eye syndrome. This occurs because the lack of moisture on the eye's surface can cause inflammation, making the blood vessels in your eyes more visible. 

(2) Burning Sensation

Experiencing burning, stinging, or itchy eyes is a common symptom of dry eye syndrome, and it can be particularly unpleasant in places where the air is dry, like on an airplane or in a room with the AC blasting.

(3) Blurred Vision

Blurry vision is another symptom of dry eye syndrome that can occur when the tears on the eye's surface are not of sufficient quality or quantity to maintain clear vision. This can lead to difficulty focusing, especially during activities such as reading or using a computer.

(4) Watery Eyes

It may sound strange, but having watery eyes can actually be a sign of dry eye syndrome. This is because when your eyes don't have enough tears, your body tries to compensate by producing extra tears to keep them lubricated, which can result in watery eyes.

(5) Sensitivity to Light

Dry eyes can make you more sensitive to light, causing discomfort or, in some cases, pain in bright or sunny environments. A lack of tear production can increase the eye's exposure to light, which triggers this sensitivity response. 

(6) Difficulty Wearing Contact Lenses

Contact lenses can exacerbate the symptoms of dry eye syndrome, making them uncomfortable or even painful to wear. If you experience discomfort while wearing contact lenses, dry eye syndrome may be the culprit.

(7) Eye Fatigue

Eye fatigue is a common symptom of dry eye syndrome. Your eyes may feel tired, heavy, or strained, especially after prolonged use of digital screens such as computers or smartphones.

(8) Eye Discharge

Dry eye syndrome can cause a sticky, yellowish discharge to accumulate around your eyes, especially when you wake up in the morning. 

(9) Difficulty Driving at Night

Dry eyes can make it more difficult to see clearly while driving at night, especially when facing oncoming headlights or streetlights.

(10) Feeling Like There Is Something in Your Eye

The sensation of having something in your eye, like a grain of sand, is another common symptom of dry eye syndrome. This sensation can be uncomfortable or even painful and may lead to rubbing your eyes, which can worsen the symptoms.

New Dry Eye Treatment Option at Wang Vision

Wang Vision offers multiple treatment options to help our patients with dry eye syndrome. These treatments include iLux, LipiFlow, and BlephEx, and we are excited to now offer Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy to our patients! Not only does IPL therapy effectively treat dry eyes, but it can also reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage around the eyes. 

If you are experiencing any of these ten symptoms, you may suffer from dry eye syndrome. Schedule an appointment with our vision experts to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan so you can find relief today! 

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