Suffering from Itchy Eyes?
Why they happen and how to treat them
An itch that’s difficult to scratch can quickly become a major vexation, so it’s little wonder that itchy, red and painful eyes are a frequent complaint. Here are some common causes and remedies.
to new products such as creams, make-up or soap can cause irritation. Eyes also commonly react to pollen, dust mites and pet dander. Avoid suspected triggers, if possible, and use saline eye drops to flush out any leftover particles. You can also take antihistamines, in pill or drop form, to ease allergic symptoms. Don’t wear contact lenses until the problem goes away. Contact lenses can lead to itchiness, especially if they’re damaged,
not replaced often enough, improperly cleaned or a poor fit.
DRY EYE SYNDROME
can be caused by insufficient eye-moisture production (due to ageing, laser eye surgery or medications such as decongestants and antidepressants), or eye moisture that evaporates too quickly (due to smoke, dry air or blinking less often and long hours). Over-the-counter saline drops, also known as artificial tears, replace the missing lubrication and often relieve the discomfort. If you have additional symptoms such as eye discharge or a sore throat, if you’re in a lot of pain or your vision declines, you may have an infection or another problem and should seek professional advice from an eye specialist.