Itchy eyes can be annoying; you’ll do just about anything to get relief. While the itchiness often goes away on its own, some conditions require specific remedies. And knowing what causes your itchy eyes can help you find the right treatment that will provide lasting relief.
Eye Rx, your provider of premier eyeglass frames and other eye care services, talks about common causes of itchy eyes and their respective management.
Allergies can be seasonal or perennial. The former happens during a specific time of the year, usually spring or autumn, when pollen count is high. Your eyes may get itchy and teary. You may also have sneezing and nasal congestion. What you can do is to avoid going out when the pollen index is increased. You should also take showers and change your bedding more often. Your optometrist may prescribe antihistamines as well.
Perennial allergies, on the other hand, are allergies you have all year long. Common causes are dust, mold and pet dander. You may notice your eyes getting itchy when you’re exposed to airborne irritants, such as smoke, or when you use a certain product, such as shampoo or lens solution. Avoid exposure to these allergens. Your eye doctor may also prescribe antihistamines or corticosteroids to control inflammation in your eyes and other parts of your body.
Eye infections, whether they are viral, bacterial or fungal, can cause itchy eyes. One common eye infection that causes itchy eyes is conjunctivitis. Also known as pink eye, it causes inflammation of the conjunctiva or the thin tissue lining your eyelids, which makes your eyes look pink. Management depends on what caused the infection. If it’s bacterial, antibiotics will be prescribed. If it’s allergic, antihistamines will most likely be recommended. Applying soothing eye drops is one way to manage viral conjunctivitis.
When your eyes do not produce enough tears or the tears they produce are not of the correct consistency, you may develop dry eyes. The lack of moisture in your eyes can cause dryness and itchiness. Based on the results of your eye exams, your eye care specialist may prescribe artificial tears or medicated eye drops to help keep your eyes lubricated.
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