Dry Eye Patient Assessment
“My eyes often burn, look red, and feel dry by the end of the day.”
“I have to blink a lot while reading to clear my blurry vision.”
Do these statements sound familiar to you? Do you have trouble finding satisfactory relief when your eyes feel this way? Like millions of other patients of all ages, you may suffer from Dry Eye disease.
The tears on the surface of our eyes are actually a complex mixture of three separate but essential components – the aqueous (tear), mucus, and oil layer. A normal tear lake with a proper balance of all three components is essential to maintain the health and function of the external eye, including preserving stable vision. Dry eye disease is diagnosed when either the quantity or quality of this tear layer is abnormal, leading to a wide range of symptoms and even physical damage to the surface of the eye.
Your answers to these 5 simple questions will determine if you need further evaluation for Dry Eye. Please check the answer that most applies to you.
|3 times/week||2 times/day||2 times/day|
|1. How often do you use artificial tears?||___||___||___|
|2. Do your eyes feel dry, painful, or sore?||___||___||___|
|3. Do you experience episodes or periods of blurred vision?||___||___||___|
|4. How often do your eyes feel tired?||___||___||___|
5. Do you have problems with your eyes
when you are working on a computer, watching TV, or reading?
If you answered “Often” or “Always” to 2 or more of the above questions, please make an appointment with a Dry Eye Specialist for further examination.