Why Do Your Eyes Burn In The Morning?
Dealing with dry eye can be a pain. Dry eye symptoms are pretty common in the U.S! That doesn’t always mean the cause is dry eye syndrome itself, but whether or not that is the cause, waking every morning with burning, itchy, red eyes that are overly sensitive to light is no fun.
If the symptoms are intermittent or associated with a changing season or new activities in your life, then make some lifestyle adjustments based on what you think may be causing the problem. If that doesn’t help within a few weeks, see an eye care specialist.
If, however, the symptoms have been with you for a while, or you know the reason for them because you have a diagnosis, such as dry eye or blepharitis, then do some research or check with your optometrist about possible treatments or lifestyle changes that might lessen the effects.
If you didn’t know already, blepharitis is caused by staph epidermidis, which is a bacterial infection on the eyelids. As the body tries to heal the infection, toxins are released into the system and those toxins often try to exit the system through the eyes. At night, when your eyes are shut, the toxins build up on your eyelids and cause extreme irritation and pain.
But if it’s dry eye, there are options to try that can lessen the pain and other problems you wake with in the morning. Try these in the order you think will be most beneficial for you!
Top 5 Ways To Relieve Dry Eyes In The Morning
1. Drink a full glass of water just before you go to bed, and keep a bottle of water near your bed to enjoy if you wake during the night. This will hydrate your entire system, which may help your eyes stay wet longer. Don't forget to drink an entire glass of water right when you wake up as well.
2. Keep your eyelids clean by using an eyelid cleanser before going to bed and upon waking up. Clean eyelids help fight blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction, which will in turn help you produce better tears, resulting in less dryness. We recommend the Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser right when waking up and right before going to bed. Click here to check price and purchase on Amazon.
3. Adjust the angle of any vents that are directed near your face. It could be that the air blowing from an air conditioner or heater is the cause. Some people sleep with their eyes partially open, and that alone can contribute to dryness, but if you add the forced dry air into the equation, then it could amplify your symptoms. Be wary of overhead fans!
4. Try using an eye gel just before going to bed – apply it in a thin line just inside your lower eyelid and then close your eye and gently massage the eyelid to get full coverage over the surface of the eye (cornea). Most of these gels are thicker, so do it immediately before you go to bed, because the gel will make your vision very blurry. We recommend Refresh Celluvisc Preservative-Free.
5. Finally, the most unpopular of all tips... Cut down on computer time, TV viewing, and smartphone use two to three hours before you go to bed. When looking at such screens, it is easy to forget to blink enough. The blue light that back lights most screens can also be disruptive to your sleep, and fatigue aggravates dry eye symptoms. Also grab a pair of blue light blocking glasses for protection. Click here to check prices and purchase our blue blockers on Amazon.
After trying these changes, hopefully you’ll experience some relief. If not, get in to see your primary eye care specialist. Don’t leave the problem untreated!
by Dr. Travis Zigler | Posted in dry eye, dry eyes in morning remedy, dry eyes in the morning, eyes burn in the morning, eyes burn when i wake up, eyes hurt when i wake up, sticky eyes in the morning, stinging eyes in the morning, waking up with dry eyes, waking up with eye pain, why do my eyes burn when i wake up and why do my eyes hurt when i wake up | |
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