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Dry eyes can be uncomfortable. For some children, the dryness makes their eyes feel dry or hot. Their eyes may also water a lot. In some cases, dry eyes make it feel like there is sand or dirt in the eyes.
From time to time, dry eyes may cause your child to have blurry vision. But dry eyes don't usually cause lasting problems with vision.
There are different causes of dry eyes. Sometimes dry weather, smoke, or pollution can bother the eyes. Other times, allergies or contact lenses irritate the eyes.
You can work with your doctor to find ways to help your child's eyes feel better. Home treatment often helps.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor now or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: October 12, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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