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How can you tell the difference between tired eyes and dry eyes?

How can you tell the difference between tired eyes and dry eyes?

Sometimes hard...: "tired" eyes can have a variety of differing sensations. Tired eyes most often come from problems with focus or eye alignment. What is confusing is some visual tasks such as reading make dry eye worse. The usual complaint with dry eyes is redness, foreign body sensation usually under the upper lids, intermittently blurred vision. Try tears and see what happens first. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Bradley
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What is the difference between dry eyes, eye fatigue and failing eyesight?

What is the difference between dry eyes, eye fatigue and failing eyesight?

Totally different: Dry eyes means a lack of quantity or quality of tears at make the eyes feel dry, gritty and scratchy. Eye fatigue refers to achiiness and headaches around the eyes while failing eyesight means the visual acuity is declining and it is becoming harder to see. ...Read more

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Sudden mild headache back of head, instantly over but brain fog, dry eyes and tiredness remain for rest of the day. Ideas?

Sudden mild headache back of head, instantly over but brain fog, dry eyes and tiredness remain for rest of the day. Ideas?

See a neurologist: With a headache specialty who also is trained in sleep medicine. Such a neurologist should be able to sort this out for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why does eye fatigue cause dry eyes?

Dry eye: With prolonged near or computer work, the eyelid blink rate decreases and the eyes get dry, leading to eye fatigue. With treatment, this issue can be avoided. ...Read more

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Eyes not focusing properly, or just tired/dry eyes; what to try?

Eyes not focusing properly, or just tired/dry eyes; what to try?

Dry eye: Your description sounds like dry eye. Initial treatment is frequent artificial tears during the day, ountment at night, warm compresses a few times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. If no improvement, you should see an eye doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can severe dry eyes and eye strain cause fatigue?

Can severe dry eyes and eye strain cause fatigue?

Absolutely!: Dry eyes can cause fatigue, but more importantly, dry eyes may be a manifestation of rheumatologic diseases such as arthritis, lupus and others. ...Read more

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I have a fever, bone pain, dry eyes & skin, and fatigue. What do these symptoms mean?

I have a fever, bone pain, dry eyes & skin, and fatigue. What do these symptoms mean?

Maybe inflamatory ar: You could have a condition call sjogren's syndrome, however many conditions could produce simimilar symptoms such as plain fever.You should consult your primary physician in order to run the proper test. ...Read more

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Allergies like dry eyes feeling bloated, brown discharge and being tired a sign of pregnancy?

Allergies like dry eyes feeling bloated, brown discharge and being tired a sign of pregnancy?

Pregnancy: If you had unprotected sex and missed a period, you may be pregnant. Take a pregnancy test. Allergy symptoms themselves are not specifically a sign of pregnancy, but some pregnant women do report a flare of allergies, perhaps an increased environmental sensitivity. ...Read more

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Have noticed some symptoms flare together - extreme fatigue, dry eyes, heart palpitations. Could this be an autoimmune problem or more likely anxiety?

Have noticed some symptoms flare together - extreme fatigue, dry eyes, heart palpitations. Could this be an autoimmune problem or more likely anxiety?

Uncertain: Would need more information to guide you. There are many other considerations beside anxiety and autoimmune. You can discuss this with your physicians. You will need an evalaution, laboratory and even possible imaging to help clarify your question. ...Read more

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I have dry eyes. I already have glasses and I took eye drops for 2 months. Do I just have to go to an actual eye doctor. Idk what to do im tired of it?

I have dry eyes. I already have glasses and I took eye drops for 2 months. Do I just have to go to an actual eye doctor. Idk what to do im tired of it?

Dry eyes: Can have many causes. If OTC eye drops don't help in 2 days, let alone 2months, continued usage will not suddenly begin to help, and may actually do harm. See an Opthalmologist, a specialist eye physician, to discover cause, and to then prescribe the appropriate treatment. You need a comprehensive eye examination. Not a computer link. ...Read more

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Muscle pain all over the body, but different place each time. Especially the feet. Dry eyes. Fatigue, low energy, easy cold, tired. Been for three months?

Be seen: You would certainly do we to be seen for am accurate diagnosis, which could potentially include a systemic infectios or metabolic process. ...Read more

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Can seasonal pollen allergies make you tired and dry eyes? Should I try something else if Allegra not helping? Yellow nasal mucous since Thurs.

Can seasonal pollen allergies make you tired and dry eyes? Should I try something else if Allegra not helping? Yellow nasal mucous since Thurs.

Yes.: Season allergies can affect your energy levels. There is good evidence that untreated allergies causes fatigue in the work place and school environment. Dry eyes is a little atypical but the itchy eyes could feel like dry eyes. Other good OTC antihistamine medications are Zyrtec and Claritin. Good OTC nasal sprays are Flonase and Nasacort (triamcinolone). Nasal irrigation is helpful too. ...Read more

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Does Maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) cause dry eyes, and fatigue? Prescribed for blepharitis caused infection.

Does Maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) cause dry eyes, and fatigue? Prescribed for blepharitis caused infection.

Not usually: Maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin), (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) in the normally prescribed pattern of dosage, can be an effective treatment for eye infection. It can assist with blepharitis but that requires hygiene of the lids more than an antibiotic. There is no chance that Maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) will cause eye dryness, unless you develop an allergy to it. Fatigue is almost certainly from another cause. ...Read more

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My dr won't diagnose me, but my joint pain/stiffness, fatigue, dry eyes/mouth, rashes, raynauds & rashes improve on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). What does that mean?

My dr won't diagnose me, but my joint pain/stiffness, fatigue, dry eyes/mouth, rashes, raynauds & rashes improve on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). What does that mean?

Autoimmune disease: You probably have an autoimmune disease that does not meet criteria fully for diagnosis. With time, criteria may be met and a diagnosis may br given. If you are getting better with treatment, then a formal diagnosis is not critical. ...Read more

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ANA/RF negative, dry eyes/mouth, dry peeling & vesicles on palms, widespread joint pain/crepitus, fatigue, cognitive probs, autonomic issues. Ideas?

See rheumatologist: It is time for you to consult a rheumatologist since there may be several issues involved. The first thing that came to my mind is that you may have Sjogren's syndrome which however does not cover all of the symptoms you have described. ...Read more

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Cough x 1yr., fatigue, joint pain, platelet 451, abs monocyte. 7, dry eyes, mouth sores, normal chest x-ray. Could this be sarcoid?

Cough x 1yr., fatigue, joint pain, platelet 451, abs monocyte. 7, dry eyes, mouth sores, normal chest x-ray. Could this be sarcoid?

Possibly: These symptoms could possibly be due to sardoidosis, but they could also be due to many other conditions. Dry eyes can usually just be treated with artificial tears, but for the rest of the symptoms your should be seeing your primary care physician ASAP to be evaluated. ...Read more

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R flank pain, nausea, vomiting, itchy skin, decreased appetite and weight, no fever, dry eyes, fast <3 beat, fatigue, hurts while urinating. Help?

R flank pain, nausea, vomiting, itchy skin, decreased appetite and weight, no fever, dry eyes, fast <3 beat, fatigue, hurts while urinating. Help?

See answer: Most common "urological" cause of your symptoms would be either a urinary tract infection requiring appropriate antibiotic (s) or a kidney/ureteral stone. Urinalysis, urine culture, and possible CT scan imaging and blood tests indicated to help confirm the diagnosis or suggest another cause and guide treatment. Recommend you see an MD as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Do punctal plugs make much of a difference for dry eyes?

Do punctal plugs make much of a difference for dry eyes?

Yes: Punctal plugs are an excellent option for the right patient. Not every "dry eye" is the same, but for those who have a low baseline tear film and an otherwise healthy ocular surface, punctal plugs are an excellent choice. ...Read more

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What are the differences between sjogren'syndrome and dry eyes?

Dry eyes can be from: Different conditions that are manageable, and can be easily treated locally. Whereas, Sjogren's is part of an autoimmune disease spectrum involving severe dryness of the eyes, and can involve joint disease, and dry mucous membranes as well and is system wide. Management is more complex. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about restasis for dry eyes?

Sure: Restasis is the only known medication to increase tear flow. It is a drop that reduces ocular inflammation and must be used twice per day. It works well but takes about six weeks to notice a change in tear flow. It is available only through prescription. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of a solution to help with dry eyes?

Can you tell me of a solution to help with dry eyes?

Depends: It all depends on why your eyes are dry. You can use OTC artificial tears for symptomatic relief. However, they do not treat the underlying cause. If you are not making enough tears, Restasis may increase tear production. If you have an unstable tear film, leading to rapid tear evaporation, omega 3's may help. There are many other causes of dry eyes and treatments. See your eye MD. ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have dry eyes or allergic conjunctivitis?

How do I tell if I have dry eyes or allergic conjunctivitis?

Dry eye vs allergy: Dry eye typically feels scratchy, irritated, like something is in your eye, light sensitive. Allergies in the eye typically causes itchiness in the eye. ...Read more

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Please tell me can dry eyes cause contact lenses to move around? What can help?

Please tell me can dry eyes cause contact lenses to move around? What can help?

No: Dry eyes typically cause the contact lens to be stuck on the surface of the eye. If your contacts are moving around too much, it could be an improper fit. See your eye doctor to be re-evaluated. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the cause of dry eyes and chronic pain in eyes but no tears when I want to cry?

Could you tell me what's the cause of dry eyes and chronic pain in eyes but no tears when I want to cry?

Many things: A number of conditions can cause dry eyes many of which are considered "autoimmune diseases". This may include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. Sjögren's syndrome is a condition causing dry eyes, reduction in saliva, etc. And is found often with the conditions mentioned above. One easy way to treat the dry eyes is with artifical tears (over the counter). Check with your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dry Eye Syndrome (Definition)

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