Dry eyes (keratoconjunctivitis sicca)

Everyone will experience dry eyes at some point in their lives. Read in this article what the complaints are and what you can do about them.

Dry eyes

  • How come?
  • Does it happen often?
  • Complaints
  • GP
  • Therapy
  • How do I prevent dry eyes?


How come?

If you have dry eyes, this is due to too little tear production or too much evaporation of the tear film. The tear film is the thin layer of fluid that covers the cornea and mucous membrane of the eye. It could happen that the eyes start to secrete fluid and mucus because the tear film does not function properly. Are you taking medications? Then take a look at the package leaflet. This could include side effects that cause dry eyes.

Does it happen often?

Almost everyone will experience this at some point in their life and it is one of the most common complaints that people go to their ophthalmologist with. It won’t go away soon if you don’t do anything about it.


  • Burning eyes
  • Tiring eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Feeling as if something is in the eye
  • Stinging sensation
  • Pain when you look into the light
  • Excessively watery eyes
  • Eyes close while reading/using the computer



If you suffer from dry eyes and the symptoms of dry eyes described, visit your doctor to have them looked at. It is better to catch it early than to contact the doctor at a later stage. If you have been experiencing the complaints for a while, there is a high risk of an eye infection, which (if you are not careful) can lead to scarring and sometimes even vision loss.
The doctor usually prescribes a gel, drops or ointment. This gives the eyes a little more rest. What is important is that you avoid various circumstances such as:

  • Contact lenses
  • Smoky areas
  • Air conditioners
  • Hair dryers
  • Fans



Ointments, gel or drops relieve the symptoms. Each product tells you how to do it and how often you should use it per day. There are many different remedies on the market that help against dry eyes. You have to be careful that if you quickly have an allergic reaction to the eyes, you do not buy a product with a preservative in it (although this sometimes does not have to be a problem). Using multiple types of dry eye remedies usually works best.

How do I prevent dry eyes?

  • Place containers of water on the heater
  • Buy a humidifier
  • Wearing special glasses (consult an expert optician)
  • Glasses for cycling


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