The psychological distress caused by dry eye is not a phenomenon to be taken lightly since the suffering of those who must live with dry eye syndrome is physical but also very psychological since dry eye affects several Aspects of the life of the person affected.

The psychological distress associated with dry eye disease is more present during the cold season. The winter period is undoubtedly the most difficult time of year for those suffering from eye dryness. The heating and relative humidity of the very low ambient air make the eyes more sensitive.

Impact of dry eye on quality of life

I recently received several testimonials from people who have difficulty coping with their day to day because of the ocular discomfort felt by the dryness of their eyes has a negative impact on their quality of life. They reported feeling the psychological distress related to dry eyes.

You can improve your symptoms of dry eye

Know that your situation is not without hope and that you will experience better days. Often a lull of ocular symptoms is observed during the summer. Eye dryness is a phenomenon that takes years to develop before it becomes symptomatic. It is therefore normal that this may take some time before you find an eye comfort once you have started to take care of it. In my case it took 3 years … I am not healed, I have better days than others but I am comfortable and I apply all the daily tips that was suggested to me by my doctor and which I am trying to share with you through this site.
If you think you have done everything … Have tried everything and your case is without hope … Think again! More and more scientific research is taking place on dry eye syndrome and new treatments are increasingly available to ophthalmologists to deal with this growing health problem in the population. So do not hesitate to consult your doctor, insist on your eye discomfort so that it understands what you live. If you are not satisfied, then go see another doctor.

Anxiety and depression related to dry eye

Most of the people I talked to have become anxious and / or depressed because of the dry eyes. It is not easy to cope with the pain and chronic discomfort caused by this health problem. It is because I have been there that I am so sensitive to this problem … otherwise I would not even be aware of the impact of this condition on people and I would probably have only told you : “Put some drops … it will pass !!”

It’s not just about putting artificial tears in your eyes

Now I know that the treatment of ocular dryness and meibomian gland dysfunction goes well beyond just putting drops in the eyes. In my case, the drops gave me relief of at most 30 seconds …

Take one day at a time

So, that being said, take one day at a time. Do not think of the fact that you will have to live like this for the rest of your life … That’s not true! One day you will be better … If you imagine the worst scenarios, you will continue to sink into your psychological distress and, even if I am not a doctor, I am convinced today that stress and anxiety are intimately connected to your level Discomfort. Panic plays against you and takes you away from the path of “healing”.
I know it’s not obvious but you have to avoid being negative by thinking that your life is over, that never again will you be able to enjoy life because of this damn problem. This is false! Positive thinking can have a real impact on improving your symptoms.

The Dry Eye Store and the possibility to shop online dry eye products is the proof that you are not alone with this dry eye disease.

First of all, be aware that you are not alone coping with this dry eye problem. The simple fact that this site exists is a proof of that.

Secondly, by taking one day at a time and by concentrating on focusing on the little things that can help you, you will end seeing a difference.

Psychological distress and dry eye

Psychological distress and dry eye

Try to focus on how your symptoms are improving when you are doing the basic stuff (compresses, glasses, eyelid hygiene) and make sure to keep in mind that you are on the right track. If you have a relapse, do not panic … It is normal to have ups and downs and tell yourself that many factors can influence your condition positively or negatively. Try to identify these factors … Each case is different! Some of these factors are under your control while others do not … You can control the time you spend in front of your computer and the rests you take to rest your eyes but you do not have control over the quality of Air (moisture, dust, etc.). For this reason, I can not stress enough the importance of spectacles. They allow you to protect your eyes and offer them a respite.

Talk to other people who live with dry eyes through this site

Fear and panic can actually act as accelerators of the disease and contribute to the malfunctioning of your body. Do not be fooled by these fears. On the contrary, keep in mind that you will get better and be convinced that in time, it will be the case. Even though I know absolutely nothing in this field, I am now certain that the mind plays for many and it would not surprise me that much of the discomfort, although real, can be of psychosomatic origin after a certain time. If not, how to explain that sometimes I feel very good and suddenly I think of my dry eyes and immediately feel symptoms of eye dryness and irritation. I’m not saying that the symptoms are in your head only …. I believe they actually exist but they can be definitely amplified by the mind. The fear of suffering is sometimes worse than the suffering itself … And it is this fear that day after day leads us to an anxious state.
In short, be positive, remind yourself that you are not alone and that you will improve. Do not panic at the time of a relapse. Do what your doctor tells you and do not underestimate the importance of hot compresses, eyelid massage, eyelid hygiene, omega 3, goggles and especially … TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME!

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12 replies
  1. Ulrika
    Ulrika says:

    It’s so true! It’s easy to feel totally helpless, and hopeless. I’m myself learning how to deal with my new life. Not to loose hope is important. Also to dare to sit with your eyes closed during a nice dinner with friends…

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  2. Lena
    Lena says:

    The article is good, however some people have more severe symptoms then others. For this reason I do not like that this person tried to imply that for some the chronic pain and agony of this condition becomes worse in our mind. Everyone experiences different symptoms and different degrees of those symptoms. Until one has been in that persons shoes I find it appalling to imply that the comfort levels, etc become worse in a persons mind.

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  3. Kimberly
    Kimberly says:

    I feel like I’m the only person in the world with this problem. It affects me every day. It has made me anxious and paranoid. I can’t enjoy life anymore. I was perfectly happy before this. It’s like my eyes are super sensitive. Even dust makes my eyes slam shut. It feels like someone is poking my eyes with a little pin. It takes me a long time to get my eyes fully open everyday. It feels like my lids are stuck to my eyes. I have seen 7 eye doctors and have been living with this for a year and a half now. Nothing helps. I thought Restasis was helping a little but now I feel it worse again. I can barely go to work. I’ve lost hope. I will try anything at this point. Wasted tons of money on drops, lid wipes, doctor bills. Ive gone to different types of doctors, even an Allergist. Can anyone offer any advice?

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    • Laurie
      Laurie says:

      I have your same symptoms- my opthamologist couldn’t diagnose my issue so I got a second opinion from another opthamologist and she diagnosed the problem within 1 minute! It’s called Recurrent Erosion Syndrome also called “map dot fingerprint dystrophy” based on the irregular shapes on the cornea.
      It sure helps to know there is a name for this and it’s more than “just dry eye”.

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    • Anonymous
      Anonymous says:

      Hello my name is sameer i’m from india
      I am also suffering from dry eye since about 3 or 4 month. I dont know about mine but your one is bit severe than mine i can still manage to go on work and daily routine mild one you can say but really you should now try castor oil but with advise of doctor but i have seen cases most of them are now free from dry eye by using castor oil (cold compressed and organic) and listen try to put slice of cucumber everyday 10 min and start dairy products because dry eyes has many causes so good luck i will pray that me you those who are suffering from this condition can get cured .

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    • Anonymous
      Anonymous says:

      I have found that just wearing an eye mask at night has helped a little and i dont mean the gel ones just a blackout fabric mask. Wash it often so get a couple

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  4. Michele
    Michele says:

    don’t be frightened. I know I was. It makes matter worse. I would wake up and had to rush to the sink since I could not open my eyes. Relief could be around the corner. It may never fully go away, but keep using the warm compress, wash it clean and hope for the best. I am sorry

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  5. Harvey
    Harvey says:

    Dry eyes is a common condition that occurs when your tears aren’t able to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. These prevention are useful for everyone who want to get rid of dry eyes. Thanks for sharing informative article.

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  6. ADV
    ADV says:

    I’m new to this too. Got it diagnosed in February this year. Not coping well at all. They say it’s a very common problem but I have not met anybody with this issue in real life. I would like to go a support group. Are there such a thing in London?

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  7. diana
    diana says:

    I started having problems about 10 months ago and have slowly gone down hill. I have manageable days but not “good days”. I find that eye ointment at night with a warm eye mask helps and mornings are typically the best I usually have a few good hours. I have a small personal humidifier at work and a one in my bedroom I don;t know if it really helps. Eyedrops are ok but not especially helpful. The warm moist compresses help the most. I try to set a timer to remind me to look away every 20 mins as I work at a computer but that is easy to ignore. I do try to wash my lids I bought an over the counter wipe but I don;t like the way my lids feel after and I am trying the baby shampoo instead. I am very sensitive to bright lights especially in the afternoon when my eyes have had it–dry, blurry where glasses don’t really help. MD appt Mionday hoping for more direction.

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