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Why Does My Eye Hurt When I Blink?

Blinking is important to your eye health, but sometimes it can hurt to blink. There are several factors that can cause eye irritation when blinking. At Dittman Eyecare, we have put together some of the most common reasons it may hurt to blink.

Dry Eyes

dry eyes  | Dittman EyecareIf you don’t have the tear flow needed to hydrate your eye, you can experience dry eye. When you blink, your tears travel the cornea and provide your eyes with the moisture they need. This also promotes healthy eyes and vision and decreases the likelihood of infection.
If you are experiencing discomfort when you blink, consider how dry your eyes are. Dry eye symptoms also include fuzzy vision or a burning sensation. To treat dry eyes, you can start by trying eye drops. If your symptoms don’t improve, be sure to contact your eye doctor.

Something in Your Eye

If you are experiencing discomfort when you blink, it could be caused by something stuck behind your eyelid. Think about your day and determine if your eyes could have come into contact with chemicals or debris at your job. If you get materials in your eye, it could lead to an eye injury. Other symptoms that you may have something stuck in your eye include eye irritation and increased tear flow.

To prevent getting something in your eye, it is recommended that you wear proper eyewear for your job. If you work in an environment where you are in contact with a lot of debris or managing chemicals, eye protection is critical.

With clean hands, you can attempt to remove the object from your eye using a gentle stream of water. If you are unable to remove the object or if the irritation is more severe, it is best to reach out to your eye doctor.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Pink eye is a condition that occurs when your conjunctiva, which is located on the inner part of your eyelid, swells or puffs up. This is an eye disease that can affect people of all ages. It is highly infectious and most common in children. The most common sign of pink eye is a pink hue in the areas of your eyes and mild pain. You may also notice leaking from the eye.

The treatment for pink eye will vary based on the type of pink eye you have. In most cases, prescription eye drops and avoiding allergens will help manage your symptoms.

Suffering from Eye Irritation? Contact Dittman Eyecare Today!

If you are experiencing eye irritation, but are unsure of the cause, be sure to contact your eye doctor today. Dittman Eyecare can help you resolve your eye health issues and get your vision back to normal!

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