Itchy eyes are often a symptom of allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis is more common in adults than in children, but it can develop at any age. It can be acute or chronic, and depending on the severity. There are many causes of itchy eyes, and the problem often is accompanied by itchy eyelids especially at the base of the eyelashes — and red eyes or swollen eyelids.
HOW IS EYE ITCHING DIAGNOSED?
The eye specialist may examine the affected eye to determine if the patient is suffering from allergic conjunctivitis. The doctor will ask questions about the specific symptoms, medical history, diet, and lifestyle. To diagnose specific allergies, one or more of the following tests may be performed:
• Allergy skin test
• Blood test for allergies
• Food allergy test
• Physical examination
HOW IS EYE ITCHING TREATED?
Once the diagnosis has been made, an appropriate treatment course can be selected. The doctor may prescribe medicines, eye drops, compresses to relieve the puffiness, irritation, redness, and dryness of allergy eyes.
DID YOU KNOW?
Since eye is the most sensitive organ of the body, Eye Itching can be both, acute or chronic, and patient should give immediate attention to it.