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Dry eye is an eye condition caused by a problem with your tears.

Dry eye can make your eye feel uncomfortable, red, scratchy and irritated. Despite the name, having dry eye can also make your eyes watery. Typically, dry eye doesn’t cause a permanent change in your vision. It can make your eyesight blurry for short periods of time, but the blurriness will go away on its own or improve when you blink.

This page contains a summary of our information on dry eye. To read our full information, download our Understanding Dry Eye guide, which is accredited by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists:

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