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Blurred Vision

All the time

Vision that is blur­ry all the time needs check­ing out by your optometrist first – it may be that you need new glass­es or that there is an under­ly­ing prob­lem that needs man­ag­ing, such as cataracts.

Intermittent

Blur­ry vision that comes and goes dur­ing the day can be a result of tired eyes – this may be because you need new glass­es, so seek the advice of your optometrist first.

Smeary vision that comes and goes as you blink is like­ly to be caused by an unsta­ble tear film dis­turb­ing your vision. 

If in doubt seek advice from a healthcare professional.

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Red Eyes

Both eyes

The most com­mon caus­es of two red eyes are Dry Eye’ or aller­gy’, but it can also mean infection.

Just one eye

You should seek the advice of your optometrist, phar­ma­cist or GP as this could indi­cate a spe­cif­ic prob­lem such as an infec­tion or inflam­ma­tion that needs treatment.

If in doubt seek advice from a healthcare professional.

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Painful or Uncomfortable Eyes

Painful

Painful’ eyes (one or both) are unusu­al, so this war­rants fur­ther inves­ti­ga­tion by your optometrist, who will be able to exam­ine your eyes in full, using spe­cial­ist equipment.

Remem­ber that an eye test is not just about check­ing for new glass­es: optometrists are also trained to detect signs of eye dis­ease and can refer you for spe­cial­ist treatment.

Uncomfortable

If your eyes are uncom­fort­able rather than painful, it could be that the sur­face of your eye needs more lubri­ca­tion, dry eye drops can alle­vi­ate the discomfort.

If in doubt seek advice from a healthcare professional.

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Gritty, Sore Eyes

Both eyes

If both eyes are grit­ty and sore, most of the time, and there is no dis­charge, you are like­ly to have Dry Eye’, aller­gy’ or blepharitis.

Just one eye

You should seek the advice of your optometrist, phar­ma­cist or GP as this could indi­cate a spe­cif­ic prob­lem such as infec­tion, or a scratch on the sur­face of the eye that needs treatment.

If in doubt seek advice from a healthcare professional.

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Watery Eyes

Both eyes

If both of your eyes tend to water after being exposed to grass pollen or ani­mals, you may have an eye aller­gy or sea­son­al aller­gy – speak to your phar­ma­cist to find the best solu­tion to resolve it. If both eyes water eas­i­ly in the wind or cold con­di­tions, this is like­ly to be Dry Eye.

Just one eye

If it is just one of your eyes that seems to over­flow, then get this checked out by your optometrist, who can assess your tear ducts to see if there is a local eye plumb­ing’ prob­lem that needs treatment.

If in doubt seek advice from a healthcare professional.

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Sticky Discharge

You might have a mild eye infec­tion such as con­junc­tivi­tis – speak to your optometrist or phar­ma­cist for advice.

If in doubt seek advice from a healthcare professional.

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Foreign Body Sensation

Both eyes

If both eyes feel like this most of the time, and there is no dis­charge, you are like­ly to have Dry Eye’, aller­gy’ or blepharitis

Just one eye

If you feel like there is a for­eign body in just one eye, it could be just that, and if it can­not be eas­i­ly removed, you should get this checked out by your optometrist with­out delay.

If in doubt seek advice from a healthcare professional.

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Sore Eyelids

Sore eye­lids indi­cate inflam­ma­tion. Inflam­ma­tion of the eye­lids is called Ble­phar­i­tis which is often asso­ci­at­ed with dry eyes too. Eye­lids need gen­tle care to keep them healthy.

If in doubt seek advice from a healthcare professional.

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Contact Lens Fatigue

A sim­ple way to improve the com­fort of your con­tact lens­es is to help hydrate and lubri­cate your eyes with Dry Eye drops, but they must be preser­v­a­tive free.

If in doubt seek advice from a healthcare professional.

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