Grittiness in your eyes feel rough or scratchy. It is a sensation similar to having a speck of sand stuck in your eye. Symptoms include discomfort that ranges from mild to severe, as well as redness, itching, and watery eyes. In this blog, the esteemed optometrist of Alderwood Optical & Canyon Park Vision Clinic takes a look at the several different conditions associated with this sensation, as well as treatment options.
Potential Causes for Gritty Eyes
The following are some of the possible causes for the gritty sensation in your eyes:
- Dry Eyes – Inadequate tear production prevents your eyes from maintaining their moisture, resulting in redness and a burning or stinging sensation. If not treated right away, dry eyes can lead to damage to your eyes’ surface and infections.
- Photokeratitis – Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can lead to photokeratitis. It can be compared to the skin suffering from sunburn, except it affects the cornea or the front surface of your eyes.
- Blepharitis – This condition can cause your eyelids to look red or swollen. You may also feel a burning or gritty sensation.
- Stye – It is a small red lump on the base of an eyelash or under the eyelid.
Treatment Options for Gritty Eyes
The best treatment for gritty eyes depends on the diagnosis of your optometrist. They may recommend eye drops for pain relief and lubrication, as well as ointments and steroid or antibiotic eye drops. You may also be advised not to wear contact lenses for a certain period. Certain conditions may require surgery, such as a cornea transplant. In the case of dry eyes, your eye doctor may surgically close tear ducts to keep your eyes moist.
You can also prevent grittiness in your eyes. Protect them from being exposed to drying winds by wearing sunglasses or safety shields. Consider incorporating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids into your diet as well. Make sure you take extensive breaks when using a computer or mobile device.
Alderwood Optical & Canyon Park Vision Clinic are full-service specialty clinics that offer the best eye care services, including designer eyewear and contact lens prescriptions and ocular disease management. Call (425) 771-8472 to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist. We serve residents of Bothell, Lynnwood and Shoreline, WA.