Sand in the eye feeling - Itchy and irritated eyes.

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I had that "sand in the eye" feeling and "dry eye" feeling happening to me occasionally of and on. After looking at this closely in the mirror, even though you are sure there is something in your eye which feels like dust, grit, or sand, there really isn't anything in the eye. It just feels that way on your eyes and you must see the eye doctor, do NOT put this off. I also had alot of light sensitivity and squinting when I went outside, and in the morning my eyes were REALLY dry especially when I woke up. My opthamologist had to give me prescription medication to solve this, basically it was an eye infection as he described it. The bottom line is if you have any discomfort or problem with your eyes, go see the opthamologist or whoever your eye doctor is as the eyes are too critical to not get checked out and get it resolved! Had I not got this done he told me this would have gotten worse and worse, and it would have made the treatment harder. I had this sandy eye feeling repeatedly over a year or two, so it wasn't a one time thing, and I should have gone in much sooner to see the eye doctor. I also had my share of light sensitivity in my eyes along with this. (Note: Always contact your doctor or physician for any medical or health related advice).

By the way they told me I had a form of kerotokunjunctivitis and the eye doctor treated me with eye drops called Tobradex which is by prescription only, and literally within the hour my eyes were no longer light sensitive or itchy. There is also a generic version of Tobradex out now called Tobramycin which is alot cheaper). One thing that also really helped me alot with my dry eyes was keeping the artificial tear drops (make sure they are the preservative free ones) right next to my pillow, so that when I woke up and had the dry eyes, I immediately put drops in while still laying there (and it feels GREAT doing that). That made a big difference, and I noticed that when I dont do it immediately upon waking up that my eyes were much more irritated throughout the day. That makes me think the really dry eyes I had upon waking up were being made much worse by not wetting them immediately. Hopefully this information will help you too!