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.

More information can be found on our dry eye web page.

We also have a dry eye leaflet, part of our Understanding series:

For more information and advice about dry eye and other eye conditions please contact our Helpline:

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