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Is red eyes caused by dry air? i currently can't sleep and that also causes eyes to dry. also i just got an air purifier and don't know if that caused

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes or scant tears: Dry heat/air can aggravate dry eyes. But this is often an issue of meager tear production while you sleep.This can be a chronic condition that doesn't show during the day when you can blink (spread tears).It can be aggravated by antihistamine use(benadryl). It is not the air purifier.There are meds that can increase tear production, but keeping a bottle of eye drops at bedside can make this better
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Possibly : Medicines like benadryl you are on or Dry environment can affect your eyes, and tears production might not be enough to compensate the rate of evaporation / drainage through the tear ducts, you may want to try artificial tears for now and check the air purifier, if no improvement, see your doctor / ophthalmologist, it may not be just dry eyes, best wishes

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