Are Your Dry Eye Symptoms Getting Worse?

In the beginning, dry eye symptoms may seem minor to you. But if you have Chronic Dry Eye (CDE) disease, over time CDE may get worse.

Some people may not notice this right away, because the worsening of symptoms can be gradual. Or some may think that dry eyes aren't that important and there may be bigger health issues to worry about. But if you have Chronic Dry Eye, it is important to take stock of how your symptoms may have gotten worse.

For example:

  • Are you using artificial tears more often now than you were 6 months ago?
  • Do you feel the need to have a bottle of artificial tears handy wherever you go?
  • Are you having more trouble wearing your contact lenses?
  • Are you spending less time reading, on the computer, or on other “close” activities that involve your eyes?
  • Are you driving less, especially at night?
  • Are your dry eye symptoms affecting certain daily activities or causing you to avoid them?

All of these may be signs that you have Chronic Dry Eye disease. Chronic Dry Eye can “sneak up” on you. It’s important to understand how dry eye symptoms affect you and to make an appointment with your ophthalmologist or optometrist for a Chronic Dry Eye medical exam.