I have had to leave a job because of dry eye
I have experienced career setbacks because of dry eye
I am a special education teacher, and the smartboard I teach with increases my dry eye symptoms. I can no longer wear contacts at work, and by mid-day my eyes start stinging/burning. Additionally, I spend a lot of hours at the end of the school day doing paperwork for my job, and symptoms often make this miserable (hard to see the computer or paperwork when my eyes seem goopy and it is hard to see the details.
I need to work full time and am just thankful to be able to at least work part time - two days a week.
It causes me to be late a lot because I never know how bad a morning may be and it may take more time than usual to get to a functioning point.
I had to go on short term disability and then after not receiving the correct diagnosis about what the real issue was with my eyes(ie., I should have been eligible for long term disability+disablity insurance) I had to quit work because I couldn't return to the work environment. I am currently not working. Hope to return to work after my surgery for the blocked tear duct which now I will have to pay for out of pocket.
Dry eye has made me think about healthcare and retirement. It has made me realize I need healthcare and a job that provides it. It has also made me start putting more money in a health savings account and retirement account so I can consider stopping work sooner or switching to a career that doesn't require so much computer time.
Judgement due to eye redness is a real thing. I can feel it. Also I'm so self-conscious of red eye that I limit conversations with co-workers on worst days, so relationships are affected.