Do you suffer with itchy eyes?
Nearly everyone suffers with itchy eyes at some point in their lives, and there are many possible reasons why you may be dealing with these troublesome symptoms. If you’re worried about your itchy eyes or they’ve started to impact your daily life, it’s important to see an eye specialist who will be able to examine your eyes and provide an accurate diagnosis.
What are the causes of itchy eyes?
According to our expert ophthalmologist Gurjeet Jutley, one of the most common reasons for itchy eyes is allergies (allergic conjunctivitis). This occurs when the conjunctiva (the membrane that covers the inside of the eyelids and the covering of the eyeball) becomes irritated by allergens such as pollen or mould spores, leading eyes to become itchy, red and watery. Itchy eyes can also be caused by other conditions, such as infection, dry eye syndrome, or an eye disorder called blepharitis. Blepharitis occurs when the edges of the eyelids become inflamed due to bacteria, resulting in a burning, gritty sensation in the eyes and an increased sensitivity to light. If you wear contact lenses regularly, you should make sure that you replace them frequently and take breaks from wearing them. Overuse of contact lenses can sometimes cause itchy eyes.
What are the treatments for itchy eyes?
Symptoms of itchy eyes can often be alleviated with allergy eye drops of artificial tears, both of which can be purchased over the counter at your nearest chemist. However, according to Gurjeet Jutley in some cases, prescription eye drops, or other medication may be required. It’s also worth applying a clean, damp flannel over your eyes to help soothe them and provide relief.
Some of the best methods for dealing with dry eyes are preventative. For example, you can take steps to remove allergens in your home by dusting and vacuuming often. Closing your windows will also limit the amount of pollen and other allergens entering from the outside. You should also find out what the pollen level is before you go outdoors. Although it’s tempting, it’s important not to rub or scratch your itchy eyes. Rubbing them will release more histamines, making itching feel even more intense.
The best treatments for itchy eyes are those that address the cause directly. That’s why it’s so important to see a specialist eye doctor who will be able to examine your eyes and get to the root cause of the itchiness. Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon Mr. Gurjeet Jutley can determine the most effective treatment for your itchy eyes, so why not book a consultation today? Call 07568512719 to make an appointment. You can also book an appontment with Gurjeet Jutley by visiting this website