Dry Eye Symptoms

What are the symptoms of dry eye?

Many dry eye symptoms are obvious, such as extreme dryness in your eye. But other symptoms are anything but obvious, like excessive eye moisture. Yes, too much moisture is also a sign of dry eye. Before assuming you know what dry eye is and isn’t, review the list of Dry Eye symptoms below.


  • Stinging or burning eyes.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Eye redness.
  • The sensation of having something in your eye.
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses.
  • Difficulty with nighttime driving.
  • Excessive watery eyes.
  • Blurred vision or eye fatigue.

Diagnosing Dry Eyes

There are many varieties of dry eye. To make matters even more confusing, there are many conditions that have similar symptoms to dry eye, yet different conditions altogether. The only way to properly diagnose and treat dry eyes is through careful testing. The Dry Eye & Blepharitis Center at Northwest Eye will take you through a thorough evaluation to provide a specific diagnosis and treatment plan that will best suit your needs.

The Northwest Eye Dry Eye & Blepharitis Center diagnostics tests include:

  • LipiView® – captures live images of the tear film and measures lipid content and quality. The test quantifies the lipid to help determine the best treatment.
  • Tear Osmolarity – measures the salt concentration of your tears to understand the stability of the tear film.
  • RPS InflammaDry – measures the level of MMP-9 in your tears to determine levels of inflammation present.
  • Other tests as needed

Dry eyes are a very painful and debilitating condition to live with. Proper diagnosis and treatment of dry eyes is too important for drug-store trial and error. Be eye wise and schedule an appointment at the dry eyes and blepharitis center at Northwest Eye to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Because the more you know, the better you see.