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Signs and Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is the result of tear ducts that do not produce enough moisture for the eyes. If your ducts do not produce enough tears, if your tears are of poor quality, or if you are frequently in a drying environment, you may be at risk for dry eye syndrome. To determine if you should contact your New York City ophthalmologist, take a look at some of the symptoms of dry eye listed below.

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· Eye irritation

Those suffering from dry eye syndrome often experience stinging, burning, or a scratching sensation in one or both eyes. This irritation can be made worse by smoke, wind, or even air conditioning. The eyes may also appear red and irritated.

· Eye discharge

Stringy mucus in or around the eyes is another common symptom of dry eye syndrome. Excessive tearing is an often overlooked symptom, as many assume that the eyes will always be dry with this condition. On the contrary, the tear ducts often produce excess tears if the tear quality isn’t high enough to properly lubricate the eyes, resulting in periods of excessive tearing.

· Eye sensitivity

Dry eye syndrome often causes the eyes to be exceptionally sensitive to the elements, including smoke, wind, and light. Those with dry eye syndrome sometimes have the sensation that a foreign object is in their eye. Constant eye fatigue and difficulty wearing contact lenses are other symptoms which indicate that you should consult your ophthalmologist.

· Poor vision

Poor vision is a symptom of many ocular conditions, and is often overlooked when it comes to dry eye syndrome. Those suffering from untreated dry eye syndrome may have blurred vision due to inadequate tear production, especially at the end of the day or after extended concentration.

If you have experienced any symptoms of dry eye syndrome for prolonged periods, contact an ophthalmologist who can diagnose and treat your condition. Dr. Mark Hornfeld is a New York City-based ophthalmologist with extensive experience treating dry eye syndrome. At our office, we can treat a range of vision problems with many optical solutions, including LASIK surgery, glaucoma treatment, and lens implants. To schedule an appointment, call (212) 580-8881.