SYMPTOM
CHECKER

Know the signs & symptoms

WHAT IS YOUR MAIN SYMPTOM?

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.

SEE YOUR OPTOMETRIST.

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.

YOU MAY HAVE DRY EYE.

ABOUT DRY EYE

RED EYES

BOTH EYES 

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

YOU MAY HAVE DRY EYE, ALLERGY.

ABOUT DRY EYE

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.

YOU MAY HAVE AN INFECTION.

SEE YOUR OPTOMETRIST.

BPAINFUL 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.

SEE YOUR OPTOMETRIST.

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.

YOU MAY HAVE DRY EYE.

ABOUT DRY EYE

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.

YOU MAY HAVE DRY EYE AND/OR BLEPHARITIS OR ALLERGY.

ABOUT DRY EYE

ABOUT 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.

SEE YOUR OPTOMETRIST.

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.

YOU MAY HAVE DRY EYE

ABOUT 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.

SPEAK TO YOUR OPTOMETRIST.

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.

SEE YOUR OPTOMETRIST. 

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.

YOU MAY HAVE DRY EYE.

RED EYES

BOTH EYES 

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

YOU MAY HAVE DRY EYE, ALLERGY.

ABOUT DRY EYE

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.

YOU MAY HAVE AN INFECTION.

SEE YOUR OPTOMETRIST.

BPAINFUL 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.

SEE YOUR OPTOMETRIST.

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.

YOU MAY HAVE DRY EYE.

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.

YOU MAY HAVE DRY EYE AND/OR BLEPHARITIS OR ALLERGY.

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.

SEE YOUR OPTOMETRIST.

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.

YOU MAY HAVE 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.

SPEAK TO YOUR OPTOMETRIST. 

STICKY DISCHARGE

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

YOU MAY HAVE AN INFECTION. SEE YOUR OPTOMETRIST. 

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

YOU MAY HAVE DRY EYE AND/OR BLEPHARITIS OR ALLERGY.

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.

SEE YOUR OPTOMETRIST.

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.

YOU MAY HAVE BLEPHARITIS.

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.

YOU MAY NEED DRY EYE DROPS. 

STICKY DISCHARGE

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

YOU MAY HAVE AN INFECTION. SEE YOUR OPTOMETRIST.

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

YOU MAY HAVE DRY EYE AND/OR BLEPHARITIS OR ALLERGY.

ABOUT DRY EYE

ABOUT 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.

SEE YOUR OPTOMETRIST.

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.

YOU MAY HAVE BLEPHARITIS.

ABOUT BLEPHARITIS

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.

YOU MAY NEED DRY EYE DROPS.

ABOUT DRY EYE

Blurred Vision

Red eyes

PAINFUL OR UNCOMFORTABLE EYES

Gritty Sore eyes

Watery eyes

STICKY DISCHARGE

FOREIGN BODY SENSATION

Sore Eyelids

CONTACT LENS FATIGUE

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