Itchy Eyes

This is a common condition that occurs when the eyes react to something that irritates them (called an allergen).

What it is

This is a common condition that occurs when the eyes react to something that irritates them (called an allergen). It is an allergic condition. The eyes produce a substance called histamine to fight off the allergen. As a result, the eyelids and conjunctiva — the thin, filmy membrane that covers the inside of your eyelids and the white part of your eye (sclera) — become red, swollen and itchy, with tearing and burning. It is also known as allergic conjuctivitis. It is not spread from person to person.

People who suffer from eye allergies usually may have nasal allergies as well, with an itchy, stuffy nose and sneezing and may be associated with seasonal changes. However, in other cases, eye allergies can develop from exposure to other environmental triggers

Causes

  • Dust, pets furs and feathers, dandruff, mould, or smoke.
  • Pollen from grass, trees, contributing to seasonal allergies.
  • Perfume, cosmetics
  • Preservative chemicals in lubricating eyedrops.

Symptoms

  • Red, swollen or itchy eyes
  • Burning or tearing of the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light

Treatment

  1. Avoidance of allergens-if possible
  2. Eye drops- antihistamines, mast cell stabilizers, corticosteroids

The doctor will decide the best treatment for you.