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I'm looking for more words that might describe dry, stinging, burning, or an almost cracking feeling of the eyes.

I wanted to use "cracked eyes", but I'm already using the phrase "cracked lips". I'm looking for an adjective to describe someone who is dehydrated and lost in the woods--specifically an adjective related to very dry, irritated eyes.

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    Can you provide a sample of how you want to use it? Are you looking for a noun or adjective or..? – Roger Sinasohn Apr 27 '17 at 23:48
  • If it fits your purpose, I recommend using figurative language, but we'd need an example sentence. Otherwise bloodshot comes to mind. – RaceYouAnytime Apr 28 '17 at 0:25
  • I wanted to use cracked eyes, but I'm already using the phrase cracked lips. I'm looking for an adjective to describe someone who is dehydrated and lost in the woods--specifically an adjective related to very dry, irritated eyes. – user232557 Apr 28 '17 at 1:58
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As someone who has suffered from very dry eyes in real life, I would suggest "sandy" or "gritty". That's exactly what it feels like.

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Dry eyes is the medical term used to describe this condition 1.

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desiccated is a good word for something being harshly dry, but it is not specific to eyes, so you would still have to write "desiccated eyes."

Bleary is a word specific to eyes that are unfocused, possibly by fatigue, but not necessarily by being dry.

of the eyes or vision : dull or dimmed especially from fatigue or sleep

The word blear can be a noun, but it likewise doesn't imply dryness.

a film over the eyes; a blur.

You could combine the words if you want to emphasize the condition with colorful language:

His vision was obscured by a dessicated blear.

If you're going to take this approach to describing the person's state, you have a lot of options. A thesaurus would give plenty of variations.

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