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Most common dry eyes symptoms :

  •  irritation
  •  itchiness
  •  blurred vision

However, some people may also be experiencing eye pain as a symptom so  yes, eye pain can be caused by dry eyes syndrome. The pain can be sudden and intense but it can also feel like a monotonous throb. The rich corneal nerve supply is the reason why dry eyes cause pain. The cornea has a heavy concentration of pain receptors. It is estimated that the  corneal pain receptors density is 20 to 40 times greater than the center  of the tooth.

This makes the eye more sensitive to pain than the tooth and the eye pain more intense than toothache. 

Such a high nerve density  explains why the smallest irregularity of the eye causes pain.

Dry eyes  can cause damage to the eye surface such as corneal abrasion. Eye pain  alone is not enough to diagnose dry eyes. If you have other symptoms  then it’s time to go see a doctor. A comprehensive medical eye check-up  is the only way to determine what causes eye pain and whether you’re  suffering from dry eye syndrome or not. The doctor will advise on a  course of treatment such as artificial tears, environmental control, and medication.