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Can Dry Eye Cause Blurred Vision?

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Dry eyes are one of those annoying conditions that can make your day go from smooth sailing to rough seas.

If you’ve been experiencing blurred vision and wondering if dry eye is to blame, you’re in the right place. Dry eye can cause blurred vision because of:

  • Tear film instability
  • Inflammation
  • Corneal Damage

Whether you’re dealing with occasional dryness or a more persistent issue, make sure you book an eye exam to get a proper diagnosis. Learning about the impact of dry eyes on your vision can guide you to practical solutions for improved eye comfort and clarity.

Understanding Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome, often just called “dry eye,” is a condition where your eyes don’t produce enough tears or the quality of your tears is inadequate.

Tears are more important than you’d think; they keep your eyes lubricated, wash away debris, and help protect against infections. Without enough good-quality tears, your eyes can feel gritty, itchy, and sore.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

Dry eye syndrome comes with a variety of symptoms that can range from mildly annoying to downright debilitating. Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Stinging or Burning Sensation – Your eyes may feel like they’re on fire, especially after a long day.
  • Redness – Irritated eyes often appear red and inflamed.
  • Sensitivity to Light – Bright lights might suddenly seem too harsh.
  • Mucus – You might notice stringy mucus around or in your eyes.
  • Feeling of Something in Your Eye – It can feel like there’s a grain of sand stuck in your eye.
  • Difficulty Wearing Contact Lenses – Contacts might become uncomfortable or even intolerable.

How Dry Eye Can Lead to Blurred Vision

One of the more troubling symptoms of dry eye syndrome is blurred vision. Here’s how it happens:

Tear Film Instability

Your tear film plays a critical role in maintaining clear vision. When your tear film is unstable due to dry eye, it can break up more quickly than it should. This instability leads to varying degrees of blurriness throughout the day.


Chronic dry eye can cause inflammation on the surface of your eyes. This inflammation can lead to damage to the cornea, the clear front surface of your eye that focuses light. When the cornea is not smooth and healthy, your vision can get blurry.

Corneal Damage

In severe cases, dry eye can cause small abrasions or ulcers on the cornea. These tiny injuries can significantly blur your vision and make your eyes extremely sensitive to light.

What Causes Dry Eye?

  • Aging: As we age, tear production tends to decrease.
  • Medications: Certain medications like antihistamines, decongestants, and antidepressants can reduce tear production.
  • Environmental Factors: Wind, smoke, and dry climates can all contribute to dry eyes. Prolonged exposure to these elements can exacerbate symptoms.
  • Screen Time: Staring at screens for long periods can reduce your blink rate, leading to less tear production and more evaporation of the tears that are there.
  • Health Conditions: Conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid disorders can also contribute to dry eye syndrome.
A close-up of a woman's eyes after receiving dry eye treatment.

Blepha Eye Bag for Dry Eye Relief

The Blepha eye bag is another effective treatment option for those suffering from dry eye syndrome. This microwavable eye bag offers a convenient and soothing way to alleviate symptoms by providing consistent heat therapy.

How It Works

The Blepha eye bag contains natural grains designed to retain and evenly distribute heat. To use, simply heat the bag in the microwave for a specified duration, then place it over your closed eyes. The warmth from the grains helps to liquefy the oils in your meibomian glands, encouraging a more effective tear film and reducing dry eye symptoms.


The benefits of using a Blepha eye bag include its ease of use and the immediate relief it provides.

Regular use can enhance tear quality and improve eye comfort, making it a valuable addition to your dry eye treatment routine. The gentle heat also promotes relaxation and can be a part of a calming bedtime ritual.

Usage Tips

For optimal results, it’s recommended to use the Blepha eye bag daily, preferably twice a day—once in the morning and once before bedtime.

Ensure the bag is not overheated to avoid injury, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe use. Combining the Blepha eye bag with other treatments like artificial tears or punctal plugs can provide comprehensive relief.

Labtician Products for Eye Care

Labtician offers a range of ophthalmic products designed to treat various eye conditions, including dry eye syndrome.

Eye Drops and Gels

Labtician’s eye drops and gels can provide long-lasting relief. They are formulated to mimic natural tears and help keep your eyes lubricated.


These products are easy to use and offer quick relief. They can be used in combination with other treatments.


You can find Labtician products at most pharmacies or order them online for convenience.

PROKERA for Dry Eye

PROKERA is a medical device designed to provide anti-inflammation and anti-scarring properties that promote natural healing.

How It Works

PROKERA is made from amniotic membrane tissue, which has natural healing properties. Your eye doctor will place the device on your eye, where it releases proteins and growth factors that aid in healing.


PROKERA can help reduce inflammation and promote healing in severe cases of dry eye syndrome. It’s particularly useful for those with corneal damage.


The procedure is quick and straightforward, often performed in your doctor’s office. The device is typically worn for a few days to a week.

Ready to Treat Dry Eyes?

Dry eye syndrome can be more than just an inconvenience. It can lead to serious symptoms like blurred vision that affect your quality of life. By understanding the condition, its causes, and the available treatments, you can take control of your eye health.

If you’re dealing with persistent symptoms, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with Prairie Vision in Wainwright or Vemilion. With the right treatment plan, you can keep your eyes comfortable and your vision clear.

Written by Dr. Tanya Jones-Greenwood

Dr. Tanya Jones-Greenwood grew up on her family farm south of Czar and has been a patient with Prairie Vision since she was a child. After receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta in 2006 and her Optometry Doctorate from Indiana University in 2010, she returned home.

“I love our local communities and the small-town atmosphere; I couldn’t think of a better place to work and start a family.”

In 2012 she began partial ownership of the office, and in 2014 she became sole owner.

“This is where I grew up. I love caring for the people in my community and want to see us bring big-city technology and skills to our office yet keep the warm and friendly atmosphere.”

Dr. Jones-Greenwood has a special interest in working with children and within the area of vision therapy. She has attended many additional courses listed below. She is a member of the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Optometric Extension Program Foundation.

Outside of the office, she enjoys raising her 4 children with her husband and catching up with family and friends. Dr. Jones-Greenwood’s favourite eyewear line is Paradox and Etnia Barcelona.

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