Mild Dry Eye
- Locations that are hot, windy, dry, or high altitude
- Smoke, smog, and motor vehicle exhaust
- Air conditioning drafts
- High computer or handheld device use
At this stage, your visual symptoms are not affected greatly or at all and may be limited to mild fatigue.1
Moderate Dry Eye
Symptoms of moderate Dry Eye occur more often than with mild Dry Eye and may happen more frequently. In addition to your eyes being bothered by environmental factors, symptoms may become more annoying and at times limit your ability to perform some everyday activities.1
- Your driving ability may be affected
- You may feel the need to frequently use over the counter lubricating eye drops
- Your ability to work may be affected
- You may have difficulty using a computer, watching television, or reading
Severe Dry Eye
Dry Eye discomfort at this stage is frequently or constantly severe. Symptoms are annoying, frequent and/or constant and limit your everyday activities. The most severe form of Dry Eye can be disabling.1
- The Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society. 2007 Report of the International Dry Eye WorkShop (DEWS). Special Issue. The Ocular Surface 2007;5(2):67–204.
- Jackson WB. Management of dysfunctional tear syndrome. Can J Ophthalmol. 2009;44(4):385–394.