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Stinging Eyes and Burst Blood Vessels

By June 22, 2003

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I'm curious: has anyone suffered from eyes that sting, at any time for no reason, or burst blood vessels? I get enough sleep but have just started a new job which involves a lot of computer work. I wear glasses so the veins aren't as visible to others as they are to me. Is there anything I can do? Or will a visit to the doctor or optomistrist be necessary? Join this discussion!
June 26, 2006 at 2:15 pm
(1) Karen Portish says:

My name is Karen, and I had a blood vessel burst (in my eye) on Saturday… but I have no idea why. I also have a mild stining in my eye. I don’t know if if would do any good to have it checked out. My father gets these, and he said that his Dr. said that the major cause of these is “dry eyes”, and recommended that he use artificial tears. As far as the red bloody eye, you just have to wait for it to go away.

September 19, 2006 at 5:17 pm
(2) Cherie says:

my name is cherie and i often suffer from burning in my eyes. sometimes it is so severe that i have to pull over on the side of the road when i am driving. I also have recently burst almost every blood vessel in both my eyes. I was wanting to know how ling it would take for them to go back to normal and also if i should go to an eye doctor for him to look at it.

October 28, 2006 at 8:28 pm
(3) Shanel says:

My name is Shanel, and I’m fifteen years old. A couple of times my eyes began to burn and water and I didn’t understand why. I never gotten it checked out.My nana also (I believe) has burst a blood vessel from extreme stress in her life. I would suggest looking up these things, as I did, or just plainly going to get medical help.

June 27, 2007 at 7:42 pm
(4) Rachel says:

I have a blood vessel in my left eye that appears to have busted, but it has been there for at least 5 years. It doesnt bother me usually, but i wear contacts and it sometimes gets really irritated. Does anyone know if it is possible to have it removed or made less visible somehow?

June 28, 2007 at 11:12 am
(5) Elaine Brokenshaw says:

I do suffer with stinging watering eyes and am now at the end of my tether. I have to pull over when driving. This time I have been suffering for six weeks, the Dr has given me anti biotics, drops etc. I have spent a fortune at the chemist but nothing works. This afternoon I walked into work with my eyes smarting and just cried with dispair. Can anyone help please.

July 4, 2007 at 12:36 pm
(6) Mary Frances says:

Well I am pleased to hear that I am not alone in having to pull over when driving due to a lot of eye irritation and having to look at a bloodhsot eye in the mirror. Don’t think it’s a symptom of anything major but dry eyes could be one of the reasons..Otherwise I am just as mystified as everyone else.

February 25, 2008 at 11:53 pm
(7) lynda says:

Hi there, I constantly have stinging in my eyes, I find sometimes the strong sun glare can trigger it off, it can get so bad I have to pull over when driving as I can’t see through the tears and stinging. Whats wrong with me??? help, any ideas

July 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm
(8) Mandy says:

I was beginning to think I was the only one with this problem. Whenmy ears water, they sting like mad and I have to run and get tissue to try and wipe them to relieve the pain. I am starting to really panic about being somewhere when it happens and not having tissue to hand as I literally can’t open my eyes.

September 27, 2008 at 11:44 pm
(9) Alicia says:

I also have this problem. Just 5 minutes ago, I rushed to get some tissue b/c my eyes were burning and watering. I thought my eyeliner/mascara was causing this, but it happens even when i don’t wear makeup. Could it be the oils from my eyelids? Maybe that’s why wiping them makes the stinging go away. Who knows. If anyone finds out what causes this, please come back and post because this is driving me crazy.

October 3, 2008 at 9:10 am
(10) Nick says:

@ Alicia, I have also thought that it could be eyelid oils. I cant believe i found others that have this exact same problem!

I also have to pull over all the time :(

October 8, 2008 at 5:33 pm
(11) Karen says:

Ladies, I hope you all are getting actual medical help as well as just looking on the internet! I get dry, stinging eyes too sometimes, but in my case it seems to be caused by sitting in front of a computer all day and wearing contact lenses. I’m so sorry for the awful stinging some of you are suffering–esp. those who have gone to the doctor. If you haven’t, do try to go. Get a referral to an opthamologist, not just an optometrist.

October 26, 2008 at 5:10 pm
(12) Necole says:

Hello You All definately should seek the advise of a physician. I was diagnoised with an autoimmune disease that is called Sjogren’s Syndrome about 6yrs. ago that causes dry eyes and mouth. I have Secondary Sjogren’s so it effects many other parts of my body also. But with Primary Sjogren’s it usually just effects the eyes and mouth. There are daily maintence medications that are needed to take for this disease. Therefore your dry eye problem just may be something worth looking into professionally. A Rheumatologist treats sjogren’s syndrome because it is listed under an arthritis illness. You don’t want to play around with your eyesight.

December 15, 2008 at 11:18 pm
(13) nancy says:

My eyes have been stinging on and off for about 1-2 months. Could it be related to menopause?
Someone mentioned rheumatoid arthritis. Is it possible that they stinging eyes happens as a sympton many eyes later?
It’s sort of like the stinging you get from onions, but it just comes up out of nowhere. Crying from a sad movie, etc. does not seem to trigger it(most of the time). My eyes do not seem to be dry, and I dont recall any broken blood vessels. (except maybe 5-10 years ago.) I just thought it was an annoyance, I guess I’ll have to get it checked out.

January 4, 2009 at 9:32 pm
(14) Andrea says:

Wow…I thought I was alone. I am 21 and have had intense burning in my eyes for around 4 years. I haven’t gone to the doctor, because I’m stubborn. My eyes will gradually start to burn and I can always tell that they are going to “act up.” They water uncontrollably, and close involuntarily. I develop halos around lights and my vision gets blurry. It is very embarrassing when I am around people because they think I am crying, and I have to explain my situation. It is scary to drive and I, like many of the others stated above, have to pull over. Also, my nose begins to run, and my eyes become very bloodshot. They are swollen the day after the burning. I’m just happy to see that I’m not the only one suffering from this problem. I hope all of you figure out what is wrong, and the problem is treated. As for myself, I will be going to the doctor very soon : )

January 18, 2009 at 11:24 am
(15) Polly says:

I have suffered from red, dry, burning eyes & watering eyes. The doctors all thought it was roseacea and had me using steroid drops, antibiotic cream, hot compresses and careful washing with baby shampoo two times each day. Nothing helped. I also developed sores on my lower lips – not cold sores. I finally decided to research diet problems and put myself on an diet that would balance the alkaline/acidity in my system. My alkaline diet cleared up my eye problems within days and my lips healed within a week. We all eat a diet that is too acid and finally it will overwhelm our systems. Google “alkaline acid diet” and see if this will help you. It certainly won’t hurt you to be more in balance.

January 24, 2009 at 6:04 pm
(16) Linda says:

I have suffered from stinging, burning watering eyes now for about 18 years, after changing over to soft contact lenses from hard ones. whilst wearing the lenses i dont have problems but when i take the lenses out i have the problems. the buring/stinging can sometimes last so long that i have to have shut my eyes for as long as half an hour but usually it is about 10 mins. have been to the opticions but they cant find anything wrong!

June 3, 2009 at 2:45 am
(17) Michael S says:

Hi guys, I too cant believe there are others with exactly the same problem as me.
My eyes have only started to sting over the past 4 months or so, after I stopped wearing my contacts. I know, sounds backwards, but like Linda said, when the contacts aren’t in my eyes is when the stinging occurs. As soon as I get any amount of moisture in my eye, i know that within a few seconds my eye is going to start stinging really badly, to the point where you cannot ignore it and hope it goes away, and the only way to stop it is to try and dry the eye up with a tissue or usually my shirt.

So yeah anything that causes more moisture than usual, such as sun glare, wind, even washing my eyes in the shower, causes them to sting intensely within a few seconds of the moisture appearing on my eye.

Has anybody found any more information regarding this, or anything which can be done to help???

Thanks, Michael

July 31, 2009 at 9:58 am
(18) stanley says:

Guys, i suffered the same stinging problem in my eyes.
I went to see a specialist and this is what he said.
1) Eyes are too dry
2) DO NOT WEAR CONTACTS – The stinging go away when you wear contacts because contact lens numb your eye muscles! but in reality you are making your eyes drier everyday.

The doctor prescribed me artificial eye drop. A Refresh tears, Petanol, Tears in Gel – Apply every 2-3 hours daily for 6 months. I did what he told me and now i feel much better. no more stinging sensation at all. Thats why i am telling you guys to do it. I know how irritating those burning sensations are. You cannot concentrate.

August 23, 2009 at 1:40 pm
(19) Beth says:

I’ve had this happen many times where I’d be driving to work in the morning and my eyes would just start watering and stinging so bad I had to pull over, looked like I was crying. Only happened sometimes and only in the mornings. I found out it was my eye makeup, either my mascara or eyeliner. So I got rid of what I used and bought new makeup and it stopped. It might have been too old.

August 23, 2009 at 1:54 pm
(20) Beth says:

P.S. Obviously what I had is not the same as everyone, especially the guys who don’t wear eye makeup. Also, I want to say that I did not go to the eye doctor about this problem, even though when I do go for checkups, my eyes are fine. This is what I concluded on my own (the eye makeup).
good luck to everyone!

August 26, 2009 at 6:05 am
(21) Trish Zanetti says:

Dry eyes, mouth and sometimes nose are symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome. I have it. The only thing I have been given for it is drops but it has been worse lately and seems to be worse after eating sugars – even just in fruit.

Could also be related to diabetes if you are getting burst vessels. I am having these from time to time and so am gonna get checked for diabetes again – which would tie in with other symptoms I am having from just eating fruit.

August 29, 2009 at 11:48 pm
(22) Cindy Weisenfelder says:

I have worked for ophthalmologists for many years and most of the symptoms you are talking about do sound like possible dry eyes.
As we get older (ugh) our bodies become dryer. Skin and eyes. Even though it sounds weird, when your eyes are dry, they tend to tear more.
Artificial tears usually will help but they are not a cure. Systane is a good artificial tear. They can be used several times a day. There is also Restasis which is by prescription only that will help some if conventional over the counter drops don’t help. If your symptoms are not relieved with artificial tears you should see your ophthalmologist as there are certainly other things that can cause these same symptoms.
As for broken blood vessels, they can be caused by hard coughing, sneezing, or nothing at all. Sometimes they just happen. Most of the time there are no other symptoms and people often don’t know they have one until someone else points it out. They can certainly look horrendous but most often they just need time to go away, just as a bruise anywhere else on your body. If you have pain or loss of vision, see your ophthalmologist.
I hope this helps some of you………

February 16, 2010 at 11:35 pm
(23) teilia says:

my names teilia and for a few weeks know my eyes have been watering real bad and the my eyes started to burn like they where on fire and every time it burns i have to hold my eyes close for awhile and usually when it starts to burn like this my eyes start to water so bad dat my eyes turn red and my face is full with water i need help to find out whats going on.

March 13, 2010 at 3:08 pm
(24) kathy says:

Hi, I’m Kathy and I suggest everyone read the previous comment(s)which may be helpful. I suffer from what I call “scar” tissue (a vertical,lumpy cord of veins and tissue) on the white of my eye. Because the “scar” tissue is raised, tears don’t flow evenly across the eye’s surface, often leaving it dry, red,irritated,etc. The “scar” tissue is a result from previous surgeries to the muscles attached to my eyes. I was advised not to have it surgically corrected, it would get worse. An opinion from yet another Ophthalmologists determined this: the thin layers of membrane on the white of me eye became twisted when sewn back in place during surgery. The solution… untwist it! The reason this was not suggested beforehand may have been economical. For the Ophthalmologists to perform surgery vs the time/effort required may not be financially beneficial (for the doctor). I’m not so sure I want further eye surgery, nor am I’m sure I can find a reliable surgeon. I’m still investigation my options! Good Luck everyone!

May 16, 2010 at 11:01 pm
(25) Stuart says:

Hi. I have a solution to the burning eyes problem which I worked out through trial-and-error. It completely alleviated all my symptoms and I’ve been sticking to it for a several years now. I tried everything from allergy pills to eye drops but only made it slightly less unbearable but then I had to deal with dependency (it was much worse when I stopped using them) and side effects (sleepiness, etc.). I had no idea other people suffered the same until I happened across this page. So I thought I’d share my trick in the hope that someone else can benefit from it. The idea is to rinse out your eyes and remove excess oil from the edges of your eyes. Every morning and night get ready about 300 ml of warm mineral water (not the sparkly kind and not tap water which contains chlorine) in a bottle/container. The water should be about body temperature or warmer if its comfortable. Take the cap of the mineral water bottle or any similar sized cap. Pour enough water in the cap so that its full (try not to spill it). Carefully lower your eye to the cap in your hand until your eye has touched the surface of the water in the cap but not so far that your eye scrapes the side of the cap. At that moment, close your eye lid tight. Keeping your eye tightly closed, take a soft cloth (your shirt would do in a pinch) and dab dry your eye. Make sure your eyelashes are dry. Then open your eye and very carefully use the cloth to wipe the edge of your bottom eye lid in the nose-to-ear direction. Try not to brush your eye with the cloth. Do the same for your upper eye lid. Repeat for the other eye. Repeat until you’ve used up the water. Do this just after you wake up in the morning and just before you go to bed at night. I hope this helps someone. If it does, pass it on and pass it around!

October 26, 2010 at 9:51 am
(26) lindsey says:

hiya im lindsey 32 ive had reali sore 4 over a mnth were the whites have gone red n ma eyes water any idea why this is

January 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm
(27) Sung says:

So what’s the solution? All these women are leaving comments and testimony to burning painful eyes but no medicamedical professional is coming along and offering adviceor anything. What’s the point??

April 8, 2011 at 12:13 am
(28) Brandy says:

I also have a problem with the burning and tearing up and having to pull over with the car because I can’t see. This is scary in rush hour freeway traffic. I keep napkins and tissues in the car just for this reason.

For me it only happens in the afternoon and evening. Usually when driving or watching TV. Every once in a while it will happen out of no where.

Like some others, I can tell sometimes when I feel extra moisture in my eye that it’s going to sting.

This only started last year after I stopped using contacts and went back to glasses. I stopped the contacts because it seemed like I was allergic to them.

I have no insurance right now so have not been to a doctor yet. Hopefully by the end of the summer I will be able to, just suffering through right now.

July 14, 2011 at 6:37 am
(29) Andy SA says:

I seem to have the stinging eye as well, and it happens for no reason. The burst blood vessel is something that I have had, and I have to say, it ALWAYS only happened when my blood was too thin, for instance after using aspirins or ibuprofen and flaxseed oil. It is not sore, but very unsightly and goes away after a week or more (Reduces in colour daily). I have Herpes simplex in both eyes, but I can deal with that using Zovirax and Predforte eye drops, but the stinging is what really worries me. It was initially thought that too high intraocular pressure was too blame, but after using Glaucosan .5 for a week or two, it actually got better, but returned again after two weeks or so. Still stinging now and again, even after using glaucosan. I am using Voltaren eyedrops for the pain, which definitely does help, but stings a great deal by itslef on application.

July 27, 2011 at 10:24 am
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July 30, 2011 at 9:17 am
(31) natalie says:

was great finding this page nice to know im not alone with this problem. mine started 6 months ago the optician said it was microcysts i was given some antibiotic drops for 5 days and went back after the treatment and everything was ok so went back to wearing my lenses. one month ago the problem came back my right eye has had slight loss of vision some days it can be better than others. And my left eye stings/burns. Its comfortable when i wear my lenses but when i take them out it stings so im sticking with my glasses for now. optician also said i have dry eyes (im 27) He had no idea what was wrong so i’ve been refered to the eye hospital next week to hopefully find out whats wrong just hoping its nothing serious quite worried!!

August 25, 2011 at 11:30 am
(32) Nancy says:

Stay with me while I explain what may sound strange. Several years ago, I had a similar problem…red, stinging eyes,with broken blood vessels from time to time. It was very uncomfortable and annoying. My eye doc wanted to prescribe drops to lubricate, but I refused because I didn’t think it was getting to the root of the probllem. I went to an ENT doc who said I suffer from acid reflux. I thought he was nuts. He said the acid comes up into the esophagus. As I breath, he said tiny specks of acid irritate my throat and sinuses. They then swell. Swelling is accumulated water which will always seek a way out. It made my eyelids swell and made my eyes extrememly dry with all of the above symptoms. Once I got the acid under control, it all went away. I control the acid reflux with diet as I don’t want to take any meds. My eyes are fine…no dryness, redness or stinging! Hope this helps someone.

November 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm
(33) a3892536 says:

I’ve said that least 3892536 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

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