Symptoms of Dry Eye

Patients may experience mild to severe dry eye symptoms throughout their day. These symptoms may make it difficult to work on a computer, wear contacts or read. Patients may feel like their eyes are tired and not able to focus. For some patients, they may experience excessive tearing which is caused by the irritation or dryness of the eye.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, we recommend an eye exam with our dry eye specialist, Dr. Brown, who can properly assess, diagnose and treat your dry eye.

  • Burning sensation
  • Scratchy sensation
  • Excessive tearing
  • Sensation that something is in the eye
  • Redness
  • Swelling of the eyelids
  • Blurred vision
Woman rubbing eyes while laying back on a pillow with reflection of laptop in the glasses

If you would like to schedule a dry eye evaluation, please contact our office at 413-584-6666.

Causes of Dry Eye

Dry eye occurs when the tears do not adequately lubricate the surface of the eye. Since the condition can be due to many factors, it is crucial that the cause of dry eye be accurately diagnosed in order to identify the best treatment options to optimize results. 

The following is a list of potential causes of dry eye in patients:

  • Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
  • Several medications may cause dry eye
  • Inflammatory skin and eyelid diseases such as Rosacea and Blepharitis
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Environmental conditions
  • Aging
  • Excessive screen time with decreased blinking
  • Seasonal allergies

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