Eyes Burning? You May Have Dry Eyes

Updated on December 13, 2019

When it comes to good ocular health, your eyes should be free of any unusual symptoms.

If you’re experiencing the feeling of your eyes burning, it could be a sign of a serious underlying problem.

Dry eyes affect almost five million people and can cause a myriad of unpleasant symptoms. If you’re dealing with the feeling of burning eyes, read on to learn more about this common condition.

Symptoms to Look Out For

The feeling of your eyes burning is just one of several symptoms related to dry eyes. They may also feel scratchy or you might notice a stinging or burning sensation.

If you wake up with mucus around your eyes on a frequent basis, it could also be from dry eyes. Unusual sensitivity to light is another common occurrence.

Redness of the eyes and a feeling as if there’s always something in your eyes may be an indication that you have dry eyes. If you’re having a tough time wearing your contact lenses or you have trouble driving at night, your eyes could be too dry.

Watery eyes might not seem like a side effect of dry eyes, but it’s actually your body’s natural response to combat the irritating feeling of having dry eyes. And finally, if you notice your vision is more blurry than normal, it’s time to consider a visit to the eye doctor as soon as possible.

What Can You Do if You Feel Your Eyes Burning?

If you’ve experienced any of the symptoms mentioned, you might have dry eyes. It’s always a good idea to speak to an eye care professional who can diagnose the problem and recommend the right treatment.

Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter eye drops, or they might give you something stronger through a prescription. Make sure you use the drops as recommended and on a regular basis to get relief.

Another way you can prevent your eyes from burning is to wear sunglasses and avoid too much sun exposure. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and seek shade whenever you plan to spend a lot of time outside.

Simple lifestyle changes like a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables may actually help with your dry eyes. Make sure that you’re getting enough sleep and limit screen time during the day and night.

Quitting smoking and staying away from smoke can help prevent dry eyes. Smoking causes the eyes to dry out, and it can contribute to further irritation.

People over the age of 50 are much more prone to having dry eye. Women may also experience it more frequently due to hormonal changes.

Keep Your Eyes Happy

If you feel your eyes burning and it doesn’t go away, it might be time to talk to an eye doctor. They can help diagnose whether or not you have dry eyes or another ocular condition.

Avoid too much sunshine and stop smoking to help your eyes stay moisturized. Practice healthy habits and pay close attention to how your eyes are feeling.

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