Dry Eye – the diagnosis

Your best bet is to go along to your eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist) for assessment. You need to know if you have dry eye disease and, if so, what type. You also need to rule out any other eye conditions as well as systemic ones. You could, of course, have more than one ailment or you could have an associated disease. It’s good to get the full picture so that you get the best possible outcome.


Locally you could have something as simple as cataracts which are giving you hazy vision, or something more serious such as macular degeneration could be the problem. It goes without saying that a full health check of your eyes is essential before making any decision about your dry eye status.


There are conditions such as Sjogrens syndrome where you not only have dry eyes but also a dry mouth. Although we treat the dry eyes as usual we need to have further investigations as there are risks to your general health associated with Sjogren’s. There are several auto-immune diseases such as Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis where dry eye is an associated problem, and again further investigations are required to mange and treat the systemic disease.


It may seem like an obvious conclusion but you do need to treat dry eyes as part of an overall health approach rather than looking at your eyes in isolation. Having said that, once any other condition has been ruled out we can get on with the business of assessing your dry eye.

The Symptoms of Dry Eye

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