Now, do your eyes feel anything like the ones below?

Dry
Burning
Stinging
If they do, you might have Dry Eye.
Talk to your optometrist or ophthalmologist
about treating the inflammation that causes Dry Eye
Er, what is Dry Eye?
The surface of the eye needs lots of moisture to work properly. Normally, it becomes lubricated by tears when we blink. If the eye cannot produce enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly, then the surface of the eye, and the delicate cells beneath it, may dry out. Many people suffer symptoms beyond dryness, such as burning, stinging, or grittiness.
Using eye drops more than 4 times a day?
That can also be a sign that you have Dry Eye
What causes Dry Eye?
Unfortunately, lots of things. Older age (40+) and being female can increase the risk of having dry eyes. Using a computer for too long or being in air conditioning can make it worse.
Some other things that can affect eye dryness:
  • Contact lenses
  • Smoking
  • Low blink rate
  • Low humidity
  • Central heating
  • Wind exposure
  • Air travel
  • Diabetes
  • Laser eye surgery
As many as 29% of people suffer from Dry Eye1
What should I do???!!!
Experts think that inflammation is linked to Dry Eye. Eye drops treat the symptoms of Dry Eye, but don’t treat the underlying inflammation. If you use drops more than 4 times a day, you might want to talk to your optometrist or ophthalmologist about other options.
Talk to your optometrists or ophthalmologist about treating the inflammation that causes Dry Eye
1. Prokopich et al. Screening, Diagnosis and Management of Dry Eye Disease: Practical Guidelines. Canadian Journal of Optometry Revue 2014;76:S1.