Particularly those who have fibromyalgia, burning eyes as one of the many symptoms of this chronic condition, let’s just say, remains a burning issue for them.
This article will begin by diverting eyes away from fibromyalgia for a moment by focusing in general on what causes the eyes to burn in the first place.
It will also explain this sensation as a symptom of fibromyalgia.
As always, persuasive writing ends with a positive note. This article is no different and will leave the reader with some thoughts on remedies and treatments for burning eyes.
But it begins necessarily with a recap on what fibromyalgia is and how those who suffer from it can cope.
What causes eyes to burn?
For a general overview of what usually causes the eyes to burn (other than as a symptom of fibromyalgia specifically) we can rely on what eye care specialists have to say about this.
They remind us that burning eyes (or worse) are not caused by medical conditions alone. Relevant in today’s scenarios of elevated pollution levels, burning eyes are also commonly caused by smoke, dust and smog.
On the medical side, common causes have allergies, specifically viral and bacterial infections, ranking high on its list.
Most people of normal health may have also experienced these sensations when they picked up a cold or the flu.
Finally, proper diagnosis by an eye specialist will also lead to the original source of the eye infection.
What is fibromyalgia?
Now, let’s cast our eyes to fibromyalgia. Let us remind readers that fibromyalgia is a chronic condition classified as a syndrome but not classified as a typical disease.
Particularly among fibromyalgia sufferers themselves, the condition is also termed by its popular acronym, FMS (fibromyalgia syndrome).
The syndrome is characterized mainly by muscle or musculoskeletal stiffness, tenderness and/or pain.
In its most extreme manifestation, particularly when not treated correctly, FMS can disable the sufferer, severely affecting his or her ability to work and live a normal life.
Finally, fibromyalgia is associated as a rheumatic disorder but is not at all connected with rheumatoid arthritis.
Coping with fibromyalgia
Whether they have overreacted and acted irrationally, or have responded positively to their syndrome, most, if not all, FMS sufferers will tell us that having fibromyalgia is a life-changing and life-defining experience.
Even in its mildest forms, stiffness every now and then, affects the sufferer’s everyday life.
It can become more debilitating, leading to an inability to sleep properly at night or psychological disorders such as stress, anxiety and even severe depression.
But in most instances, these folks can cope well, provided they have taken a proactive and holistic approach towards their new life.
It can even be defined as a blessing in disguise. Apart from having fibromyalgia, previously they may not have been healthy.
Treatment rather than cure
But now they are. They’ve addressed their need to exercise regularly and eat healthily. Such remedies go a long way towards treating, if not reducing, the symptoms of the syndrome because, lo and behold, there is yet to be a complete cure for fibromyalgia.
Part of a successful remedial process includes continuous evaluations of symptoms when they occur.
As effective natural alternatives, popular treatment choices include yoga and acupuncture along with the clinically prescribed medication.
One supplement that seems to be doing wonders is the use of Vitamin D where researchers have found that patients reported feeling vitalized and substantially less fatigued.
Burning eyes as a symptom of fibromyalgia
Burning eyes as a symptom of FM is not spoken about often enough perhaps because it does not affect every fibromyalgia sufferer.
Understandably and correctly, focus is placed on the main and most common symptoms and how to treat them.
And yet, those who do suffer from burning eyes as a result of the syndrome will tell you that sometimes it hurts.
Closely related to the sensory organs, dry eyes are a more common symptom.
Sufferers also sometimes have trouble with vision impairments, leading to their inability to focus sight properly.
People with FMS can also be sensitive to bright light. And a dry mouth is also not unusual for them.
Some time ago, one fibromyalgia sufferer who particularly struggles with burning eyes asked for help virally.
Support for her pain was overwhelming and the universal advice given to her at the time was to seek help from an eye specialist without any hesitation.
But two pertinent suggestions were put forward for the time being.
One respondent wrote that saline eye drops would help to moisturize the eyes.
Another respondent propagated the natural alternative and elevated the importance of using Vitamin D supplements.
Three key treatments to consider
Finally, let’s focus on treating those burning eyes. To emphasize, burning eyes are generally caused by dryness.
In its mildest form, this can always be treated with lubricating eye drops. Non-preservative products are recommended for regular use.
Cool compresses can also be used by gently applying it over closed eyelids.
But, as always, if these burning irritations persist, medical help must be taken advantage of. Neglect could also lead to discharges and even pain.
At this stage, particularly if you’ve been one of those who have been suffering from burning eyes for much longer than you needed, we hope that at least you’ve been able to shed one or two tears of joy.
Because you now know that burning eyes, whether as a symptom of fibromyalgia or not, can be treated.
After giving an overview of what generally causes eyes to burn, we left you with no less than three eye-specific treatments which may just work for you.
One last salient piece of advice, if you will, we need to emphasize that you do not delay going to see an eye specialist if these irritable sensations persist.