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Do Your Eyes Feel Gritty?

If your eyes feel gritty and irritated, dry eye syndrome is a likely culprit. While over-the-counter eye drops may provide temporary relief, determining the underlying cause of your symptoms is the only way to attain long-lasting relief.

What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that occurs when the quantity or quality of the tears is diminished.

The tears are responsible for maintaining eye hydration. When you blink, a thin layer of tears spreads across the surface of your eyes to keep them moist and nourished.

However, when the composition of the tear film isn’t properly balanced, dry eye symptoms can result.

Common dry eye symptoms include:

  • Gritty eyes
  • Sore eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Blurred vision
  • A feeling that something is stuck in the eye

What Causes Dry Eye?

The majority of cases of dry eye syndrome are caused by a problem with the meibomian glands. DES can also be genetic, occur due to aging or be caused by certain lifestyle habits, such as insufficient blinking, or living in a polluted, dry or windy climate.

It can also be a side effect of LASIK surgery and certain medical conditions or medications, including antihistamines and antidepressants.

How Is Dry Eye Treated?

Occasionally, mild dry eye symptoms can be relieved with over-the-counter artificial tears or eye drops. However, finding a long-term solution for any form of dry eyes usually requires your eye doctor to determine the root cause. Depending on the underlying problem, your eye doctor may prescribe prescription eye drops or provide a comprehensive treatment solution with in-office treatments to effectively alleviate your symptoms.

Your eye doctor may also recommend making some lifestyle changes, such as staying hydrated, using a humidifier in your home and office, blinking more frequently and wearing wrap-around sunglasses to protect your eyes from harsh winds and irritants in your environment.

If your eyes feel gritty, contact Cove Eyecare in Copperas Cove to schedule an eye exam. Your eye doctor will determine the cause of your symptoms and provide you with an effective treatment plan.
At Cove Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 254-549-1142 or book an appointment online to see one of our Copperas Cove eye doctors.

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Q&A

What other conditions can cause gritty eyes?

Blepharitis is another common cause of gritty eyes that occurs when the eyelids become inflamed — most frequently from a blockage in the meibomian glands, a bacterial infection or skin condition. There are a range of medications and procedures to effectively treat blepharitis.

Can sunburned eyes cause grittiness?

Yes. Sunburned eyes typically cause the eyes to appear bloodshot, and may also result in a gritty sensation, light sensitivity and blurred vision. These symptoms generally fade over a couple of days and can be temporarily relieved with lubricating eye drops.

Can Contact Lenses Get Stuck in My Eye?

If you’ve always wondered (or worried) about your contact lenses getting stuck in your eyes, you’re in good company. Many new contact lens wearers have this concern! To relieve your fears – no, it’s impossible for contacts to get totally stuck behind your eyes. However, they can become dislodged and get stuck beneath your eyelid. In fact, many people call our Copperas Cove, Texas, eye doctor for help when this happens. Usually, we can provide tips for how to remove the contact on your own, but when this doesn’t work – you’ll need to visit Dr. Micheline Young at Cove Eyecare for assistance.

Facts about when contact lenses get stuck

  • When a contact lens dries out, it can get stuck to your cornea. This happens most frequently as a result of sleeping with lenses.
  • Contact lenses can get dislodged and move out of position under your eyelid. Typically, this occurs due to rubbing your eyes or physical contact with the lenses.
  • Pieces of contact lenses can stay in your eye for a long time, unintentionally. Sometimes a fragment of torn lens gets stuck under the eyelid. Rinsing your eyes with saline will generally loosen the lens so you can remove it gently and easily.
  • Contact lenses cannot slide behind your eye, getting stuck there forever. While contacts may get lodged under your eyelid, your eyelids serve as a barrier to block anything from slipping behind your eyeball.
  • Contact lenses stuck in your eye do not seriously endanger your health. It may not be good for you, but a lens that’s stuck will generally do nothing more than cause irritation.

How can I remove a soft contact lens that’s stuck in my eye?

  1. First of all, wash your hands with soap and dry on a lint-free towel.
  2. Rewetting eye drops are pretty much all you need. Don’t be economical when you use them, because the more moisture you add to your eye, the better the chances that the lens will simply dislodge and slip out on its own. Close your eyes and blink repeatedly to disperse the lubricating fluid.
  3. If applying eye drops doesn’t do the trick, then gently massage the upper and lower portions of your eyelid until the lens comes out. The key word here is “gently,” don’t apply any forceful pressure.
  4. If a mild massage doesn’t release the lens, then grip your eyelid and flip it upwards (inside out). Look in the mirror to search for any pieces of your lens and carefully remove them. Afterwards, rinse your eye with saline.
  5. If none of these techniques work for you, double check to make sure the lens didn’t fall out already (and you’re just feeling the sensation left by mild irritation). If the lens is still there, please call our Copperas Cove, Texas, eye doctor and schedule an urgent eye exam.

What do I do if my hard gas permeable contacts get stuck?

If you wear hard contact lenses, you’ll need to handle a stuck lens differently from a soft lens.

Applying rewetting eye drops is an essential first step. Then, close your eyes and blink. This may be sufficient to dislodge the lens, moving it back to the center of your eye where you can remove it as usual.

With hard contact lenses, don’t massage your eyelid! This can cause the lens to scrape your cornea, leading to a painful corneal abrasion.

If lubricating the lens doesn’t help, use your fingertip to gently press your eye near the edge of your contact lens. This can break the suction, unsticking the lens so you can remove it easily. Or, pick up a special suction cup device (sold with the contact lenses products in most stores) that can attached to your lens to gently pull it off from your eye surface.

Why does my eye hurt after removing a stuck contact lens?

Generally, this is just a symptom caused by mild irritation. Sterile saline or artificial tears eye drops can help moisten your eye to enhance comfort. With a bit of time, the irritation will usually disappear. Alternatively, a piece of torn contact lens may still remain. Check the lenses your removed from your eye.

However, if the pain persists and your eye appears red, reach out to our Copperas Cove, Texas, eye care center for instructions. You’ll need an eye exam to determine if any medical treatment is necessary.

At Cove Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 254-549-1142 or book an appointment online to see one of our Copperas Cove eye doctors.


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Stop squinting – Contact Lens Sunglasses Exist!

Sunglasses have always been your go-to for shading your eyes to stop squinting in the sun, but they’re not always the most convenient accessory. They fog up and slip down your nose when you work up a sweat, and need to be wiped off when you’re hit by water spray at the beach. But what’s the alternative? Is there another way to protect your eyes from UV rays and soothe your vision from the blinding Copperas Cove light?

Our Cove Eyecare eye doctors are pleased to offer a revolutionary solution – the new ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™ contact lenses. These contact lenses that can act like sunglasses were given FDA approval in April 2018. And they were also awarded to be one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2018.

Now that we’ve caught your eye with this hot new tech, read on for more info about Acuvue’s contact lenses sunglasses from your favorite Copperas Cove, Texas optometrists’ office.

Smart & Dynamic Contact Lenses

ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™ are the first contacts to be developed that “read” the light conditions in your environment and adapt to enhance your vision. These lenses use photochromic technology that was designed in partnership with Transitions™, the leading manufacturer of photochromic eyeglasses lenses. The contacts incorporate a special additive that darkens automatically when exposed to light.

When exposed to outdoor UV and/or blue light from digital devices, these contacts react quickly. And because they respond “intelligently” to changing light conditions outdoors, the lenses do not typically remain in the darkest state the whole time you’re outside. So when you’re on an open stretch of beach, they’re not the same as when you’re standing under the shade of a wide awning. The effects on the appearance of your eyes is minimal, and when you come indoors, they fade back to clear within 60 seconds.

Sharper, Safer Vision – All Day Long

Surveys estimate that 94% of all consumers compensate for bright light conditions by squinting, dimming indoor lights, reducing screen brightness, or shading their eyes. ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™ filter indoor and outdoor light, including blue light rays that threaten your eye health. At night, these contact lenses sunglasses are also useful, as they reduce haloes and starburst. Your vision will improve during all hours of the day.

See the Benefits of Contact Lenses Sunglasses

  • Experience the comfort and convenience of going frame-free – while still safeguarding your vision
  • Highest level of UV protection in a contact lens
  • When you go into a darker environment, these contacts help your vision recover from bright light up to 5 seconds faster than normal
  • Ultimate gain, with only a minimal change to the appearance of your eyes and face
  • Crisp nighttime vision, with no disturbing haloes or starbursts
  • Soothing vision all day long, without bothersome glare

Visit our Copperas Cove, Texas, eye doctor to try ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™

We’re thrilled to offer these breakthrough contacts at Cove Eyecare! Our eye doctors would like to point out that while these contact lenses sunglasses are truly remarkable, we don’t recommend that you use them to replace your sunglasses all of the time.

While they offer exceptional UV protection to the areas they cover, contact lenses still leave other parts of your eyes and the surrounding ocular tissue naked to UV light. Sunglasses cover a wider area and therefore give additional protection. In addition, car windshields block close to 100% of UV light, so your ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ won’t darken when you’re behind the wheel. To solve that problem, they can easily be worn under non-prescription sunglasses. So when you visit Cove Eyecare for your contact lenses fitting, check out our nonprescription sunglasses collection too!


At Cove Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 254-549-1142 or book an appointment online to see one of our Copperas Cove eye doctors.

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