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Why is it after i cry my eyes feel dry?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Altered surface: The ocular surface has a coating of mucous that is part of the tear film. Crying reduces this. The eye will feel dry until the eye re-creates the mucous layer.
Dr. Linda Nelson
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Dryness after crying: My educated guess is that crying can cause an ocular(eye) irritation which causes a grittiness or redness that may feel like they are dry but are not. Crying does not present for evaluation of tearing or eye dryness. I hope this made sense to you. If you still have questions about it, i will do some more investigating. Hope this helped!

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