Dry Eye Symptoms

Ocular irritation of dry sensation, burning, itching, pain, foreign body sensation, photophobia, and blurred vision are common in patients with dry eye. These symptoms are often exacerbated in smoky or dry environments, by indoor heating, or by excessive reading or computer use.

Signs of a dry eye include:

  • Bulbar conjunctival vascular dilation
  • Decreased tear meniscus
  • Irregular corneal surface
  • Decreased tear break-up time
  • Punctate epithelial keratopathy
  • Corneal filaments
  • Increased debris in the tear film
  • Conjunctival pleating
  • Superficial punctuate keratitis, with positive fluorescein staining
  • Mucous discharge
  • Corneal ulcers in severe cases