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Why Do Eyes Get Red When Sleepy
Red eyes: This is actually a very good question and it would seem like the answer would be simple and straight forward. The most likely cause is related to a valsalva maneuver. When we cry, we often hold our breath somewhat and this retards the flow of blood into the lungs and increases back pressure on the venous side of our circulation. This causes blood vessels to be engorged, including the eye. ...Read more
Many possibilities: Seasonal allergies, dry eyes, certain medications ( like antihistamines), viral infections, bacterial infections, contact lens sensitivity, scratched cornea, and a number conditions inside of the eye. (glaucoma, iritis, etc). You need to see your doctor to discuss your associated symptoms, timing, medications to really narrow it down. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Presbyopia: Trouble with reading up close usually starts in one's fourth decade of life. Reading magnifiers or bifocal glasses will help. Some patients suffer from dry eyes while staring long periods of time at tv, computer or smart phone. Artificial tears to supplement natural wetting can often be benificial as well. Seek eye examination for ocular alignment, glasses testing and external exam by eye doc. ...Read more
Probably dry eyes: Generally this is worse in the morning immediately after you wake up. Includes red eyes and foggy vision early on that clears up. If this is the case, try some artificial tears during the day (3-4 times/day) and a ophthalmic lubricating ointment at bedtime. It might take about a week or so to notice a difference. Otherwise, get an eye exam for an evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more
Blepharitis/DryEyes: This is a often repeated question. Blepharitis or inflammatory closure of oil producing glands is stress related and very common these days. The stale oil discharges at night when you are sleep, turns the eye red and watery in the mornings. The other condition that causing teary eyes in mornings is dry eyes. This is paradoxical secretion of crying tears from the main lacrimal gland. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably dryness: When you concentrate, your blink rate diminishes allowing more tears to evaporate. When talking with people, if you are paying attention, your blink rate diminishes. You may have eyes on the edge of dryness, so that normal blink rate compensates well but when talking,the dryness shows up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many reasons: In order to answer your question you would need to be examined. The most common cause of eye fatigue are uncorrected farsighted refractive errors, muscle imbalances and dry eye syndrome. A routine examination should be able to determine the specific cause of your eye fatigue. ...Read more
Benign muscle twitch: Muscle twitches, or "fasciculations, " occur all over the body. They are more easily noticed in the eyelids because those muscles are small. They can result from caffeine, stress, or low magnesium. Though troublesome, they are almost never serious and will go away in a few weeks. More severe twitches can be due to tourette's or a condition known as blepharospasm. ...Read more
Frequently, yes: The tears produced by crying can be somewhat irritating to the eyes, because they are not the typical minute to minute tears that lubricate the eye (they are more like "reflex tearing", or tearing in response to something getting in the eye). Plus, with actual crying, there tends to be increased facial congestion and some degree of eye rubbing, which can worsen the redness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Itchy tears: Tears contain a variety of important proteins and factors that make them the ideal ocular lubricant and protection. Tears produced in crying are made by lacrimal glands and accessory tear glands capable of profuse tear production that is different than the baseline secretion of tears. Differences in this composition may account for the itchiness. Be sure to check for blepharitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I get red eyes if i don't sleep, and i also get red eyes with trazodone. I notice when I have fitful sleep the red eye happens. How to get rest/relax?
Talk w your doctor: About side effects with trazodone ; discuss your medication options. Also - practice really good sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. ...Read more
Parasympathetic : Your eyes are very sensitive and responsive to various internal and external environmental factors including ambient light levels and autonomic nervous system stimulation. When you get nervous you can deplete your adrenaline levels or you can also reduce ph within your system which can have the effect of increasing parasympathetic nervous system (pns) tone. The pns stimulates tear formation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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