What Are the Symptoms of
Chronic Dry Eye?

When you have Chronic Dry Eye (CDE) disease, your dry eyes may not just feel dry—you may also experience other uncomfortable, even painful symptoms.

Though they may vary from person to person, common Chronic Dry Eye symptoms include:

  • Dryness/itching
  • Burning/stinging
  • Watering eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • A gritty or sandy sensation
  • Feeling like something is in your eye
  • Blurry vision or difficulty seeing at night
  • Problems wearing contact lenses

While experiencing symptoms of dry eye can be temporary for some people,
those with Chronic Dry Eye disease may find that their symptoms get worse
and more frequent over time. Constant dry eye symptoms can affect their ability to do many activities that involve their eyes.

If you have questions about Chronic Dry Eye, based on your symptoms and their impact on you, your next important step should be to see an eye doctor and get a Chronic Dry Eye medical exam.

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 ophthalmologist or optometrist.