What Is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye is a common condition that develops when not enough tears are produced or when tears evaporate too quickly. A combination of these two issues can also cause your eyes to feel dry and irritated.

 

 

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Dry Eye Symptoms

While dryness can be a common symptom of Dry Eye, other symptoms such as watery eyes, blurry vision, burning, irritation, scratchiness or tired eyes can occur.

 

 

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What Causes Dry Eye

A variety of factors can combine to contribute to Dry Eye. Some factors that can cause symptoms of Dry Eye are related to lifestyle, environment, surgery or certain medications, but also age related factors, like menopause.

 

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Tips for Dry Eye

Here are some handy practices to help ease bothersome Dry Eye symptoms.

 

 

 

 

Know your Dry Eye type

 

There are many types of Dry Eye, including Evaporative Dry Eye which is common amongst patients with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction - where the glands don't produce enough oil to stop the watery layer from evaporating. Learn more about the different types and causes here.

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Think you may have symptoms of Dry Eye?

 

Take a Systane® SELFIE to find out in less than 30 seconds.*

If your eyes feel discomfort waiting for the photo you may have symptoms of Dry Eye. 

 

To begin visit systaneselfie.myalcon.com/au on your mobile.
 

 

TAKE A SYSTANE® SELFIE

 

*This selfie is not to be used for diagnostic purposes.

Always consult a doctor/eyecare specialist to determine if you may have Dry Eye.

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1. MayoClinic - Dry Eyes. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-eyes/symptoms-causes/syc-20371863
2. Better Health Channel - Dry eye. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/dry-eye#symptoms-of-dry-eye
3. Stapleton F et al. TFOS DEWS II Epidemiology Report. The Ocular Surface 2017; 15(3): 334-368