Dealing with dry eye syndrome 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 from an eye doctor, such as dry eye syndrome, meibomian gland dysfunction, 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 often caused by staph, 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 on the surface of your eyes.
But if it’s dry eye, there are options to try that can lessen the pain and red eyes you wake with in the morning. Try these in the order you think will be most beneficial for you!