Gritty or painful eyes? Light sensitivity? Blurry vision while working on your computer or driving at night?
Dry eye is a common condition, but that doesn’t mean you have to let it affect your everyday life or get in the way of the activities you enjoy.
Our simple 3-minute dry eye test can help you recognize the early signs before they worsen.
Dry Eyes – A Commonly Undiagnosed Condition
According to a 2017 study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, many dry eye disease cases go undiagnosed.
In the study, researchers analyzed data from a previous survey in which an estimated 6 million people responded that they had dry eye disease symptoms but were not diagnosed with the condition.
The study also highlighted that almost twice as many women were diagnosed with dry eye disease as men.
Global epidemiological studies have found that dry eye disease has a prevalence ranging from 5% to 50% depending on the populations studied. In the United States, 6.8% of the adult population or an estimated 16.4 million people have the condition.
Because having dry eyes is common, it’s easy to neglect or downplay the early symptoms you may be experiencing.
However, not recognizing these symptoms can increase the discomfort in the eyes, affect your everyday life, and increase the risk for chronic inflammation.
In rare cases, it may even lead to complications that over time could damage your vision.
Common Signs of Dry Eyes
Have you experienced gritty eyes, eye pain, or sensitivity to light in the past week?
What about blurry vision while working on your computer, driving at night, or watching TV?
Does air conditioning, low humidity environments, or windy areas make your eyes feel uncomfortable?
You could have dry eyes.
It’s important to know that dry eyes mean more than having gritty or scratchy eyes and a feeling of heaviness in your eyes. The early signs can be more subtle and may easily pass unnoticed especially since they can occur in the later half of the day.
When your eyes feel tired, you may think it’s normal because of all that screen time they get during the day, and that sleep will give your eyes the rest they need.
However, vitamin deficiencies and other root causes have been linked to dry eyes. Unless you address the underlying causes, the symptoms may not go away.
Take the Dry Eye Test Now
Putting up with the early symptoms of dry eyes is often easier than having to schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist.
But there’s a faster and easier way to find out whether you may have dry eyes—without leaving your home.
Our simple questions and answers online test will help you assess your dry eye score. It can be the first step to treating dry eyes and improving your overall eye health.Take the Dry Eye Test now!