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Pain and anxiety when the tears run dry

Although not usually sight-threatening, dry eye can severely affect quality of life.

Patients may complain of symptoms such as eye redness, blurred vision and the sensation of a foreign object in the eye, which can make it difficult for them to go about their daily activities. In severe cases, dry eye may lead to ocular surface inflammation, abrasion of the corneal surface, corneal infection or scarring, said Dr Pan.

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