What are the Symptoms and Signs of Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome may exhibit many symptoms. Some of the major ones are highlighted below:

  • Itchy and dry eyes
  • Burning or stinging or scratchy sensation in the eyes
  • Episodes of excessive tearing followed by dryness
  • Aching or fatigued eyes
  • Heavy eyelids
  • Sore eyes
  • Pain and redness in the eyes
  • Aversion to light (photophobia)
  • Blurred vision

What are the Consequences of Dry Eye Syndrome?

The major consequences of dry eye syndrome include the following:

  • Chronic irritation of the eye
  • Inflammation of the eye
  • Scarring of the front surface of the eye
  • Permanent damage to the surface of the eye (rare)
Symptoms and Signs of Dry Eye Syndrome


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