Eye pain and discomfort can make reading impossible. Reading can also exacerbate Dry Eye symptoms because we tend to stare more, and blink less, when we perform any focused activities, like reading.
Blurred vision associated with Dry Eye can make reading difficult.
In some cases, if tear ducts are partially or fully plugged or cauterized, the volume of tear film increases, making it difficult to close the eyes to blink when reading.
If the tear ducts are partially opened, an incomplete blink may not create enough of the suction that is required to force tears into the tear ducts. Too much tear film may accumulate in the eyes, causing blurred vision or epiphora, making it difficult to read and blink.
Symptomatic conjunctivochalasis can make reading extremely painful.