What is dry eye?

Dry eye is an eye condition caused by a problem with tears. Dry eye can make your eye feel dry, scratchy, irritated and uncomfortable.

Dry eye often affects both eyes but sometimes one eye is affected more than the other. It can make you feel you have something in your eye, like an eyelash or a piece of grit, even when there is nothing there. Dry eye can make your vision slightly blurry, though usually only for short periods of time. The blurriness usually gets better on its own or when you blink.

There are three main ways to help your dry eye:

  • making the most of your natural tears
  • using artificial tears (eye drops)
  • reducing the draining away of the tears.


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