Is Your Watery Eye An Actual Symptom Of A Dry Eye?

Check Out The Following Symptoms:

  • Eye fatigue
  • A feeling of sand in the eyes
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Intolerance to wind, fans, or smoke
  • Redness
  • Blurry vision
  • Itching
  • Burning or stinging
  • Watery eyes

Watery eyes? Surprisingly enough, a dry eye can be excessively wet!  This is actually the body responding to the dryness in the eye, sending a multitude of tears in an attempt to heal & moisten the affected area.  Watering can often be a tell-tale sign that Dry Eye has settled  in. 

Any of the symptoms above could indicate you have Dry Eye, so be sure to inform Dr. Wilde or our staff if you are affected.  We’ll give you an in-depth evaluation and discuss new treatment options.

Who Does Dry Eye Affect?

Just about anyone can get dry eyes, but there are some groups that are more prone than others.  If you find you can claim one of the following factors, you could be at risk:

  • Females, especially after menopause
  • Medications (Birth control pills, antihistamines, antidepressants to name just a few)
  • Arthritis sufferers
  • Dry or dusty environment
  • Contact lens wear, especially with poorly fit lenses
  • Computer users

What NOT To Do:

  • Don’t use a “redness reliever” (this won’t help your dry eye and may eventually make your eyes redder)
  • Don’t use a computer for an extended period without giving yourself blink breaks (blinking relubricates the eye)
  • Don’t ignore the symptoms (long term dry eye may actually cause permanent damage to your cornea)
  • Don’t sleep in your contacts (we don’t produce tears when we sleep – making a dry eye even worse)
  • Don’t go outside without sunglasses (a closely fitting pair of shades will protect your eyes from wind and dust)

How We Can Help

Dr. Wilde offers a number of solutions that provide long-term relief of Dry Eye.  His skill and experience has helped our patients lead happier, more comfortable lives.  For additional information on Dry Eye and the treatments that Dr. Wilde offers, click here.