When to see a doctor
Since dry eye disease can lead to complications that impair your vision and quality of life, consider seeing an eye doctor if you've had prolonged signs and symptoms of dry eyes. Such symptoms include red, irritated, tired or painful eyes.
Preparing for your appointment
When experiencing dry eye disease, you're likely to start by seeing your family doctor. He or she may then refer you to a dry eye specialist. Because appointments can be brief, it's a good idea to be well-prepared for your appointment.
The only way to know for sure if you've got dry eye disease is to have your eye doctor perform one or more tests during your eye exam. Symptoms alone are just predictors of the presence of dry eye disease.