sandy-eyed (hour)

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They piled onto double-decker buses and toured London. Jo saw Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, and spent a yawning, sandy-eyed hour at the Victoria and Albert Museum, looking at carved wooden tigers and jeweled tiaras, and ate fish and chips, wrapped in newspaper, sprinkled with malt vinegar, and drank pints of ale with lemon squeezed onto the foam.
Source: Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner

What does sandy-eyed refer to? dry and gritty eyes?

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  • Chasint

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    English - England
    Yes, they spent an hour at the museum but they were tired.

    When we sleep (and children in particular) we get 'sand' in our eyes. This is a yellowish-coloured gritty deposit. It is much more likely in a city where pollution is high and can occur even without sleeping.

    Eye specialist Dr. Sherleen Chen says that “sleep sand” is the result of the battle between your tears, and the dust and debris in your eyes. She points out that tears are made up of water, protein, oils and mucous, which typically coat the surface of your eye to keep it moist, and protect it from viruses and bacteria.
    But when you’re asleep and your eyes are closed, you’re not blinking, so, tear production slows to a crawl, and once the dirt and debris in your eyes are no longer being diluted, they clump together. And since your tears tend to collect toward the inside corner of your eye, that’s where the clumps end up.
    Intelligence For Your Life - What Causes Sleep Sand In Your Eyes?

    The Sandman is a mythical character in Western and Northern European folklore who puts people to sleep and brings good dreams by sprinkling magical sand onto their eyes. Sandman - Wikipedia
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