Itchy eyes are caused by some type of allergy. An irritating substance (called an allergen) — such as pollen, dust and animal dander — causes the release of compounds called histamines in the tissues around the eyes, which results in itching, redness and swelling. It can be acute or chronic, and depending on the severity, you may develop additional symptoms such as a swollen eyelid or blurred vision.
HOW IS ITCHING EYES DIAGNOSED?
Itchy eyes can sometimes be due to eye infections as well such as conjunctivitis. Hence, proper diagnosis is essential. An ophthalmology specialist may be needed only if the itching is persistent. Eye tests through a physical examination will help with the diagnosis.
HOW IS ITCHING EYES TREATED?
The key to treating eye allergies is to avoid or limit contact with the substance causing the problem. The other procedures include over-the-counter artificial tears or allergy eye drops. But in many cases, prescription eye drops or oral medications may be needed to provide relief. Some medications also may help you become less prone to attacks of itchy eyes in the future, especially if symptoms are due to seasonal allergies.
DID YOU KNOW?
Since eye is the most sensitive organ of the body, Itching Eyes can be both, acute or chronic, and patient should give immediate attention to it.