Many symptoms of dry eye can overlap with symptoms of other conditions. So you really can't know until you see the doctor. Just a cautionary note, if it is dry eye (which is actually a misnomer... there are many conditions that can contribute to dry eye symptoms) it's not always as simple as being told "You have dry eyes". That's why it's great that you are wanting to go prepared with questions so that you can gain as much as possible from the upcoming appointment.
Originally Posted by desertcry
Tear secretion rate drops during the night, and, as Terri has said, there may be lid closure problems.
I do wake up with very dry eyes. Why do the eyes get dry during sleep?
Be prepared to describe your symptoms carefully (see this link in case you are experiencing anything more than night dry eye).
On monday Iīm going to see an eye doctor. What information do I need to tell and what questions should I ask?
Be proactive about drawing attention to any medications you are on, and any changes in your health or environment that could play a role (medications you're taking? hormonal fluctuation? contact lens issues? change of home or workplace? change in any products used anywhere near the eyes?)
Ask for dry eye testing including Schirmer, staining, TBUT, and ask the doctor to examine your eyelids for signs of blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction.
If you are given any prescription medications, ask the doctor to explain to you the role of that medication and how, specifically, it relates to your diagnosis.
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