Most people experience a temporary bout of dry, itchy eyes at some point, and it is usually nothing to worry about. But when the symptoms become chronic and start to take a toll on quality of life, it is worth exploring the potential cause and treatment options.
Below, the team at Aucello EyeCare Center talks more about factors that can cause or contribute to dry, itchy eyes, and what you can do to get relief from persistent symptoms.
What Causes Dry, Itchy Eyes?
Most cases of dry, itchy eyes are caused by an allergy. If an allergen, such as animal dander, pollen or dust mites, enters your eyes, histamines are released into the tissue around your eyes, causing them to become dry and itchy.
If your dry, itchy eyes aren’t the result of an allergy, dry eye syndrome might be to blame. Dry eye syndrome is a condition in which a person’s tears no longer provide the moisture they need to stay comfortable and lubricated. This may be due to inadequate tear production or an imbalance in the tears’ composition that prevents them from “sticking” to the surface of the eyes for a sufficient period of time.
Other eye conditions that can result in dry, itchy eyes are blepharitis and eye strain from staring at a screen for too long.
Dry Eye Treatment Options
People who suffer from dry, itchy eyes have several treatment options:
Medicated eye drops
These are usually the first line of defense against dry eye syndrome. Medicated eye drops stimulate natural tear production and alleviate symptoms by adding moisture to the eyes.
These tiny devices are put in the openings of tear drainage ducts, serving to block the ducts and keep tears on the surface of the eyes for longer.
Available over the counter, artificial tears are lubricating eye drops that lessen the effect of dry, itchy eyes.
This is a therapeutic device, similar in shape to a contact lens, which sits on the eyes for 3 to 5 days and uses the natural healing properties of amniotic membrane tissue to provide relief from symptoms and repair damage.
The following lifestyle changes can help dry, itchy eyes:
- Reduce screen time
- Use a humidifier
- Blink more often
- Drink more water
If you’re experiencing dry, itchy eyes, call or email the team at Aucello EyeCare Center. An experienced eyecare professional will help you find the best treatment plan to restore your eye health.