In case you suffer from dry eye disease, you may feel a variety and not specific set of symptoms, which include: Red eyes, Burning, pain or soreness in/around eyes, Sandy or gritty feeling or foreign body sensation, Itchy eyes, Light sensitivity, Occasional or constant tearing (watery eyes), Tired eyes, Decreased contact lens tolerance or increased contact lens discomfort, Mucous discharge, Fluctuating vision.

The symptoms are similar to ocular allergies and infection.

Symptoms may exacerbate under the following conditions:

  • Contact lens wear
  • Heat and air conditioning
  • Environmental: wind, cold, smoke, dry weather, high altitude, etc.
  • Environmental allergies: such as hay fever, pollen, dust, animals, etc.
  • Medications: such as antihistamines, antidepressants, hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills, blood pressure medications, etc.
  • Medical conditions such as rosacea, diabetes, collagen vascular, rheumatologic and autoimmune diseases, etc.
  • Hormonal changes especially menopause
  • The number of hours/ day you read (i.e. your handheld devices, computers, documents, magazines, newspapers, books, etc.)
  • History of Accutane use, chemotherapy, radiation, etc.
  • Cigarette smoking


All the pre cited symptoms are the way your eyes are telling you they are not comfortable and well protected, much as a cough for pulmonary problem, or a limp for a knee problem.