Summer Dry Eyes: Why are my eyes itchy and red?

June 8th, 2016 by Carolina Eye Associates

Sun, chlorine, salt, dry, hot days and air conditioning. All of these elements can contribute to dry eye syndrome, a group of disorders in which either you don’t produce enough tears, or you have unstable tears or excessive tear evaporation.

Dry eyes are uncomfortable. If you have dry eyes, your eyes may sting or burn. Signs and symptoms, which usually affect both eyes, may include:

  • A stinging, burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes
  • Eye redness
  • Eyes feel “tired”
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Watery eyes, which is the body’s response to the irritation of dry eyes
  • Blurred vision

If you’ve had signs and symptoms of dry eyes, see your eye doctor to diagnose the type of dry eye you have. This will allow you and your doctor to determine the best treatment plan to meet your needs.

For more information on dry eye and possible dry eye treatments, call Carolina Eye at (800) 733-9355.

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