Dry eye syndrome is a common problem, and it has a variety of symptoms, some of which may be surprising to many people. The good news is that dry eye can be treated, and most symptoms can be dealt with in a simple manner.
Symptoms of dry eyes include dryness, gritty feeling, blurred vision, and even excessive tearing. While the first two symptoms make sense, the last two are more difficult to understand. Blurred vision is caused by an irregular layer of tears on the front of the eye. This occurs when dryness does not provide sufficient tears to cover the eye, so excessive blinking may occur. Tearing happens when the eye responds to the gritty sensation by creating too many tears.
Treatment includes the use of artificial tear drops, the placement of plugs in the tear drain of the eye, or use of Restasis eyedrops to allow more natural tearing to occur. Damage to the eye due to dry eye syndrome is rare, but the problem can be difficult to treat.