Glassy Eyes Causes and Cures
Published : 2009-07-06 - Updated : 2017-05-05
Author : Disabled World - Contact: Disabled World
Synopsis: Glassy eyes can be defined as a fixed staring and wide eyed appearance with the eyes appearing to be glazed or shiny.
What are glassy eyes- The term generally refers to an appearance of listlessness in which the eyes are unfocused and without lustre.
Sometimes people with elevated thyroid levels or Graves' disease may have a stare, wide-eyes, or appear glassy eyed.
Common Causes of Glassy Eyes
- Viral conjunctivitis can also cause a slight redness of the eyes and a glassy appearance from tearing. Adenovirus is a major cause of viral conjunctivitis.
- The herpes virus, such as that which causes chickenpox or shingles, can also affect the eye.
- Various types of allergies can also cause the condition.
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can cause many physical and psychological symptoms including glazed eyes.
- It is also said that glassy eye is caused by not blinking often enough, causing your eyes to become "dry" and lifeless.
- Taking drugs which affect the central nervous system, and even some medications, can give your eyes a glassy look as you tend to blink less frequently if the drug is actually depressing the nervous system. And most people know that marijuana often results in glassy and red eyes...
- Glassy eyes is one of the criteria for determining if a person is drunk while driving. Alcohol depresses the nervous system, and affects the eyes functions, such as size control and blinking.
Treatment for Glassy Eyes
- Placing a couple of Visine or Rhoto eye-drops in your eyes can take away some of the glazed look fairly quickly.
- You can also try using of natural tears 4-6+ times/day to assist with your natural tear production.
- If you are concerned about having glassy eyes your doctor can diagnose the cause and take measures to address it. For example, if your doctor diagnoses you have hypoglycemia, then treatment would involve raising your blood sugars levels, and finding what's the cause of the condition itself.
Disabled World is an independent disability community established in 2004 to provide disability news and information to people with disabilities, seniors, and their family and/or carers. See our homepage for informative reviews, exclusive stories and how-tos. You can connect with us on social media such as Twitter and Facebook or learn more about Disabled World on our about us page.
Disclaimer: Disabled World provides general information only. Materials presented are in no way meant to be a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified practitioner, nor should they be construed as such. Any 3rd party offering or advertising on disabled-world.com does not constitute endorsement by Disabled World. View our Advertising Policy for further information. Please report outdated or inaccurate information to us.
Cite Page: Journal: Disabled World. Language: English (U.S.). Author: Disabled World. Electronic Publication Date: 2009-07-06 - Revised: 2017-05-05. Title: Glassy Eyes Causes and Cures, Source: <a href=https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/types/vision/glassy-eyes.php>Glassy Eyes Causes and Cures</a>. Retrieved 2021-06-23, from https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/types/vision/glassy-eyes.php - Reference: DW#251-1859.