Common Dry Eye Symptoms

Published on
April 17, 2023

As a local eye doctor, our primary concern is the health of your eyes and ensuring your vision is as clear and comfortable as possible. One common issue that many of our patients experience is dry eye symptoms, which can significantly impact your quality of life. In this article, we will focus exclusively on the symptoms of dry eye, elaborating on each to help you recognize and understand the signs of this condition.

Dry eye symptoms can manifest in various ways, and it is essential to recognize them early to address the issue effectively. Below is a comprehensive list of the most common dry eye symptoms:

  • Redness - Persistent redness in the eyes can be a sign of dry eye syndrome, as the lack of adequate tear production irritates the eye's surface, causing blood vessels to dilate and resulting in visible redness.
  • Stinging or burning sensation - Inadequate tear production or poor tear quality can lead to a stinging or burning sensation in the eyes. This discomfort can be exacerbated when exposed to smoke, wind, or air conditioning.
  • Itchiness - Dry eyes can cause itchiness as a result of irritation and inflammation on the eye's surface. Scratching or rubbing the eyes can worsen the condition and should be avoided.
  • Grittiness or foreign body sensation - One of the most common complaints associated with dry eye syndrome is the feeling of grittiness or having a foreign object in the eye. This sensation is due to the lack of lubrication on the eye's surface, causing friction and discomfort.
  • Blurred vision - Dry eye symptoms can temporarily affect your vision, causing intermittent blurring or fluctuations in visual clarity. This is particularly noticeable during activities that require intense visual focus, such as reading or using a computer.
  • Light sensitivity - A lack of adequate tear production can make the eyes more sensitive to bright lights or glare, often causing discomfort or squinting.
  • Excessive tearing - Although it may seem counterintuitive, dry eye symptoms can sometimes trigger excessive tearing or watery eyes. This occurs when the eyes attempt to compensate for the lack of moisture by producing an excess of tears, which can lead to further discomfort.
  • Eye fatigue - Dry eye symptoms can cause a feeling of fatigue or tiredness in the eyes, especially after engaging in visually demanding tasks or prolonged screen time.
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses - Contact lens wearers may experience increased discomfort or difficulty wearing their lenses due to the lack of adequate tear production or poor tear quality.
  • Discomfort during prolonged visual tasks - Dry eye symptoms can make it challenging to engage in tasks that require prolonged visual focus, such as reading, driving, or using a computer. This is due to the eye's surface becoming more irritated and dry over time, leading to increased discomfort and the need for frequent breaks.

How Can I Find an Eye Doctor for Dry Eye Near Me?

If you don’t already have a trusted optometrist or you live too far from our optometry clinic in Bellflower, you could start your online search by typing in phrases such as "eye doctor near me," "optometrist near me," or "dry eye specialist near me."

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Schedule a Dry Eye Evaluation in Bellflower

If you are experiencing any of the dry eye symptoms mentioned above, it is crucial to consult with our eye care professional to determine the underlying cause and develop a suitable treatment plan. Early intervention can help alleviate your symptoms and improve your overall eye health. Schedule an appointment with us today by calling (562) 925-6591 to ensure your eyes receive the care they deserve.

Patients with dry eye visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of dry eye services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.



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Claire A.

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Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

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