It is not uncommon for Dry Eye sufferers to have red eyes, inflamed conjunctiva, or inflamed and swollen eye lids. Some people may look like they’ve been crying because their eyes are red and their eye lids are red and swollen. For some this can be embarrassing or can cause them to develop a fear of being in public.
Some may have watery eyes and it may seem like they’re crying, which can also be embarrassing or inappropriate in certain situations such as work.
Some may have swollen eye lids, which can be unsightly or also be mistaken for crying, and can be embarrassing.
Some may have crusting or debris that is constantly around their eyes or in their eye lashes. This can be unsightly and embarrassing.
When we’re in public places, we usually want to look our best. Looking good gives us confidence in public situations. When our eyes look bad, we can lose confidence and develop a fear of being in public.
Fear of being in public contributes to feelings of isolation and can lead to losing contact with family, friends, and neighbors.