With my significant other
Ask your partner if they would sit down with you so you can ask them what they might want to know, explain to them what a typical day is like for you, why and how it impacts your life. Then turn around and ask them to share something with you.
Explain the difference between mild dry eye symptoms and dry eye disease.
Have a conversation about what your sleeping needs are.
Share a Dry Eye Story, data from Dry Eye Disease and Me, or a study that can help explain your experience.
Talking about your relationship
Ask your partner how your disease impacts their lives and try to work together to find ways to minimize those impacts. Make the gesture of starting the conversation to let them know you’re thinking about how this impacts them as well.
Talk about how dry eye has impacted your quality of life or mental health. Are there things that you are no longer able to do? If so, how does that affect you? Does frustration from dry eye find its way into other places? Let people know where you’re coming from and reiterate your love and appreciation for them.
Have a conversation with about how you use technology and social media. Maybe you don’t use your phone as much or may not have your phone on you at all times as it only adds to the eye problems you have. Talk with them about how best to communicate while respecting needs and boundaries.
Share or forward your own Dry Eye Story!
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