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What Are Grainy Eyes And What Causes Them?

Symptoms of rough eyes

  • dry eyes
  • burning eyes
  • tearing
  • red eyes
  • Itchy eyes

The causes of grainy eyes

Dry eye syndrome

Corneal abrasion


Sunburned eyes

Eye allergies

Vitamin A deficiency

Pinguecula and pterygium

Thyroid disease

Medical conditions


  • Antihistamines
  • Antidepressants
  • Medicines for high blood pressure
  • birth control pills
  • Decongestants
  • Medicines for Parkinson’s disease
  • Heartburn medications
  • hormone replacement therapy

Laser eye surgery


Sjogren’s syndrome


Contact lenses

How can you treat gritty eyes?

Medical treatments

  • Eye drops can help significantly if the eyes are swollen or need lubrication.
  • Light therapy with eyelid massage — this is more often used for people with severe dry eye to help relieve symptoms
  • Special contact lenses — if you wear contact lenses, your doctor or eye care professional may recommend a moisturizing lens that retains moisture and protects the ocular surface
  • Punctal occlusion — a procedure that involves closing the duct that drains tears from your eyes
  • Medicines prescribed by your GP for dry eye — corticosteroids or cyclosporine are used for inflammation of the cornea

Home treatments

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Over-the-counter eye drops
  • Warm compresses can help clear clogged oil glands and relieve symptoms of dry, rough eyes
  • Eyelid massages can help reduce graininess
  • Omega-3 supplements — these can be taken in pill or tablet form to help with dry eye symptoms

Preventing Hard Eyes For The Future

  • Keep air blowers or air dryers far away from your eyes.
  • Protect your eyes from dry air and high winds — wear wrap-around sunglasses when you go out
  • Give your eyes regular breaks from the screen or when reading and remember to blink
  • Don’t smoke — smoking or being in a smoky environment can make dry eye symptoms worse
  • If your eyes are not properly lubricating then you can use artificial tears.
  • Install your computer monitor in the correct position — make sure it’s below eye level. This will prevent you from opening your eyes too wide and therefore slow down the evaporation of tears.



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