Glassy eyes: Causes and treatment

By: Emily Lunardo | Eye Health | Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 02:00 PM

Glassy EyesSeeing a person with glassy eyes can be unnerving, as it feels like they are listless or disinterested, perhaps lost in their own minds. The term glassy eyes often refer to a glazed over or shiny appearance of the eyes that makes them appear unfocused. It is a common problem that many people have to deal with, and several medical conditions and medications can result in the glassy-eyed appearance.

What causes glassy eyes?

Most instances of glassy eyes are due to lifestyle choices, such as working long hours in front of a computer or drug and alcohol use—these can lead to less blinking, resulting in a glassy-eyed appearance. Medical conditions that affect the eye may also result in the glassy look. The following are some of the conditions:

  • Viral conjunctivitis: Commonly due to adenovirus, causing slight redness of the eyes and a glassy appearance from tearing.
  • Herpes virus: Includes chickenpox or shingles, which can also affect the eye.
  • Allergies: Watery eyes may present as a glassy appearance.
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia): Can result in a slew of medical symptoms. including glazed eyes.
  • Prescription medication: Various medications that affect the central nervous system may result in less blinking, leading to glassy eyes.
  • Grave’s disease: An autoimmune disorder of the thyroid gland that can result in glazed eyes.

Glassy eyes treatment

Fortunately, having glassy eyes is not a serious condition and not a threat to the vision. It is usually only a temporary phenomenon that occurs due to a particular circumstance, such as working too hard in front of a computer or due to an offending agent such as drinking too much alcohol. Once you remove yourself from these causative circumstances, the appearance of glassy eyes will resolve on its own. The following are some tips to help avoid getting the condition:

Drink a lot of water: Staying hydrated keeps the eyes moisturized. Drinking adequate amounts of water will also aid in body circulation and keep the skin—as well as your eyes—safe from excessive dryness.

Regulate blinking: A major contributor to the appearance of glassy eyes are the eyes drying up due to lack of lubrication. While most of us blink involuntarily, those who find themselves with blinking problems should monitor and regular their frequency of blinks.

Get a checkup: Glassy eyes can be a result of various causes that will need the expertise of a medical doctor to remedy. Conditions that involve the thyroid or blood sugar need testing in order for an accurate diagnosis to be given and proper treatment provided.

The eyes are a very important part of the body that we use every day. It’s only natural to be concerned when they don’t appear the way they should, but in the case of glassy eyes, excessive worrying is not necessary.

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