How Can Chronic Dry Eye Affect You?

Chronic Dry Eye (CDE) disease starts with the symptoms, but can also affect daily activities that involve your eyes.

Recurring dry eye symptoms can cause increased discomfort while you're doing the following activities:

  • Reading
  • Driving at night
  • Watching TV
  • Working on the computer
  • Wearing contact lenses

It may be surprising how many people endure the discomfort and frustration of Chronic Dry Eye. About 5 million Americans experience symptoms of dry eye. Some may not even know they have it.

If you have questions about Chronic Dry Eye, based on your symptoms and their effect on you, your next important step should be to see an eye doctor. Be specific about how your dry eye symptoms are affecting eye-related daily activities.

Before your visit, take the questionnaire eye doctors use to
help assess Chronic Dry Eye disease—the Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI©)—and show your results to your optometrist or ophthalmologist.