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My eyes are red, watery, and itchy. Please help me.

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Published At May 31, 2018
Reviewed AtJanuary 18, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My eyes are red, watery, and itchy. I have a feeling I have sand in my eyes. The most irritating area is the tear ducts. Please, help me. I am just using red eye relief, but it does not help.


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Do you, by any chance, have a feeling that when you blink, you feel a pricking or pressure sensation on the inner side of your right eye? Do you also do a lot of outdoor activities like hiking or do you go out in the sun a lot? From the photos you have sent me (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I feel like you have developed a condition called an inflamed pinguecula. This condition will need steroid eyedrops for relief, although they are not available over the counter. Pingueculas are benign nodules that grow in the conjunctiva of active people who are out in the sun a lot, also people who are exposed to a lot of wind and dust. So, preventive measures you can take immediately include continue red eye relief drops. Even if they do not cure your condition, they will lessen the irritation and pricking sensation. If nothing at all, they will not be worsening it. Use over-the-counter tear substitutes like Carboxymethylcellulose acetate eye drops 0.5 to 1.0 % (Refresh tears/ Refresh liquigel). These will provide relief to a certain extent. You can also use oral painkillers if necessary. Avoid exposure to sunlight, dust, and wind. Use shades while leaving home and biker goggles while you drive. See an ophthalmologist if the pain does not come down with the above measures, blurring of vision starts, or redness increases. Hope you get well soon.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan
Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Ophthalmology (Eye Care)

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