Suf­fer­ing from Itchy Eyes?

Why they hap­pen and how to treat them

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - The Digest - BY SA­MAN­THA RIDEOUT

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.


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.

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