Gritty Eyes Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Gritty Eyes: Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Do you often get the feeling of a flack of sand stuck in your eyes? This irritating condition is known as gritty eyes. 

Generally, you face these additional gritty eyes symptoms as well:

  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Burning eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Itchy eyes

Anyone can feel a gritty sensation in the eyes once in a while. However, you need to be alert if this scratchy and rough sensation doesn’t disappear over time. It can mean that you might have an underlying eye disease such as dry eye syndrome, corneal abrasion, sunburned eyes, etc.


The treatment for your gritty eyes will depend upon the symptoms and causes. Your GP may advise you on one of the following approaches while doing your treatment.

Medical Treatment for Gritty Eyes

The medical treatments for treating the gritty sensation in the eyes include eye drops, contact lenses, prescription drugs, light therapy, punctual occlusion, etc. Your eye doctor will prescribe treatment in line with your additional underlying eye conditions.

Over-the-counter (OTC) Solutions for Gritty Eyes

Warm compress, omega-3 supplements, humidifier, OTC eye drops work well for mild symptoms. These OTC treatments are easily excisable to all, so you should start one of these as soon as you begin to feel the gritty eyes symptoms. If things don’t get better in a couple of days, contact your eye doctor at the earliest.


You can prevent this annoying syndrome by doing the following:

  • Keep your computer screen at eye level so that your eyes can open properly.
  • Avoid smoking as it is the primary cause of dry eye syndrome.
  • Give short relaxing breaks to the eyes while doing work on screen or reading.
  • Wear protective sunglasses or eyewear.
  • Avoid exposure of eyes to the wind.

Gritty eyes disorder is perfectly curable. Therefore if you feel the gritty sensation in your eyes for a few days, you shouldn’t wait to consult a doctor. 

You can try the OTC solutions in the meanwhile. But only an ophthalmologist or optometrist can conduct a detailed eye exam, detect the cause of gritty eyes, and prescribe a suitable treatment.

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