Symptoms, conditions and causes

What is the cause for a sensation of sand in the eyes?

Sensation of “sand” or irritation in the eyes can cause many difficulties in performing daily life activities. If you have this condition, let’s look at how you can resolve it.


  • Itchy eyes

  • Watering eyes

  • Sensitivity around the eyes

  • Dry eyes

  • Irritation

  • Vision problem

Cause #1: Vitamin B2 deficiency

B vitamins are very important for many normal functions of the body. B2 deficiency can cause sensations of “sand” or irritation in the eyes. One thing to know is that usually the reason behind B2 deficiency is not lack of B2 in the diet; it’s malabsorption of B2 or consuming foods that deplete you of it.


  • Take nutritional yeast (best source of B vitamins)

  • Avoid refined flour products

• bread

• pasta

• cereal

• crackers

• pancakes

• waffles

• biscuits

  • Avoid sugar

  • Avoid birth control pills

  • Avoid alcohol

  • Improve the digestive system in your body by taking:

    • apple cider vinegar (1 to 2 teaspoons stirred into about a cup of water)

    • betaine hydrochloride

    • purified bile salts

    • probiotics

    • fermented vegetables

Cause #2: Vitamin A deficiency

Vitamin A is very important for moisturizing your eyes. If you are deficient in it, it can cause you to have dry eyes as well as a thickened mucus around the eyes which can result in itchy eyes. Additionally, if you have a lack of bile due to liver or gallbladder problems, it can cause difficulties in absorbing vitamin A.


  • Eat egg yolks

  • Take cod liver oil

  • Eat beef liver

  • Consume iron-rich foods

  • Consume purified bile salts

  • Support your liver/gallbladder

Cause #3: High-carb diet

When you are on a high-carb diet your blood sugars elevate too much after eating. As a result your tear glands can stop producing tears. Elevated blood sugars can also affect blood flow to the nerve that goes to the cornea.


  • Avoid sugar and refined carbs

  • Avoid snacking

  • Do the Healthy Keto® diet

  • Do an intermittent fasting plan

Cause #4: Allergies

An allergy is an intolerance to certain foods or some substance in the environment (like pollen). If you have red, itchy eyes, there is a possibility that you have an allergy and your eyes are reacting to certain substances in the environment or in food.


  • Consume vitamin A

  • Consume vitamin D

  • Locate the source of allergy and avoid it

Other causes:

  • Low blood sugar

  • Gastric bypass

  • Liver problems

  • Removed gallbladder

  • Pancreas problem

  • Too many sugars

Last updated: Jun 14, 2023 14:41 PM