Irritated Eyes What you Can Do

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Irritated eyes can be caused by a number of things, and according to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can cause extreme pain.

Signs that you may be suffering from irritated eyes caused by dry eye include:

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision
  • Feeling like you have sand in your eyes


What Causes Irritated Eyes?

Lack of Moisture

Your eyes require moisture to help them work. Your body is supposed to make moisture, but when it can’t it could affect your eyesight and make your eyes hurt.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Keratoconjunctivitis or dry eye syndrome occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough tears. Chronic dry eye syndrome can last a lifetime, but will occasionally disappear on its own.


When your eye glands don’t produce enough tears, which can be caused by age, your eyelids will start to sag breaking the seal that goes up against your eyeball. That seal is what helps keep the moisture in.


Autoimmune disease can cause dry eye affecting certain parts of the body, including your eyes. When your immune system starts to attack parts of your body, it will affect your tear glands. Some examples include rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Medications, contact lenses, eyestrain from the computer and even your genes can cause chronic dry eye, but there are some things you can do to prevent chronic dry eye.


Omega 3-fatty acids can help keep your eyes from drying out. Add salmon, sardines, and mackerel to your diet to help keep your eyes moist. If you are not a fan of fish, try a supplement instead.


Hair dryers, smoke, wind, air conditioning and certain chemicals can cause eye irritation. Take regular breaks from the computer and use a humidifier. If you play sports, wear protective eyewear that will help your eyes stay moist.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to speak with your doctor, especially if you plan to use over the counter eye drops, which can actually make things worse.

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