4 Common Causes of Itchy Eyes
An itch that’s difficult to scratch quickly escalates from a mild distraction to a major vexation, so it’s little wonder that itchy eyes are a frequent complaint at ophthalmologists’ offices. Here are four likely causes—and solutions—for your bothersome peepers.
A major likely cause of itchy eyes: an allergic reaction. If your eyes are bothering you, consider whether you’ve recently used any new products (creams, makeup, soap) that could have irritated them. 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 warning signs go away.
Did you know… Up to half of the world’s contact lens wearers experience dryness, itchiness and other forms of discomfort.
2. Contact lenses
Your visual aids can actually lead to itchy eyes, especially if they’re damaged, not replaced often enough, improperly cleaned or a poor fit. (An imperfect fit may be the culprit if you feel like you have a foreign object in your eye or if you experience vision fluctuations when wearing contacts.) Follow the replacement schedule given to you, and make sure you wash and disinfect your contact lenses according to the instructions that were provided with their cleaning solution.
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