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Gritty Eyes

That uncomfortable feeling of having sand in your eye is never fun. If you have that gritty, irritated sensation over time, you may be suffering from a specific condition, such as dry eye, Sjogren's syndrome, blepharitis, or a number of other possible conditions.  Your doctor or eye care professional can help determine what is causing it and recommend appropriate treatment options.

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Sjögren’s (SHOW-grins) Syndrome is an immune system disorder identified by its two most common symptoms—dry eyes and a dry mouth.

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Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines your eyelid and covers the white of your eyeball.

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A sty (hordeolum) is a red, painful lump near the edge of your eyelid that may look like a boil or a pimple.

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Contact with dust, dirt, sand, wood shavings, metal particles or even the edge of a piece of paper can scratch or cut the cornea, the layer of the eye that covers the iris. This is called a corneal abrasion.

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Disclaimer: The content on is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Any decision regarding your eyes and vision should be made in consultation with your eye doctor. Find an eye doctor near you and schedule an appointment if you are experiencing symptoms. If you think you may have a medical emergency, seek medical attention immediately.