Itchy Eyes: What are the causes?

Feb, 07, 2019

There is nothing worse than having itchy eyes because you can’t scratch away as it could spread germs and just aggravate inflammation or even damage your delicate eyeball. In general, the best way to relieve eye itchiness is to detect the cause, so that you can treat the problem at the source.

Here are 8 common causes of itchy eyes:

  1. ALLERGIES

In many cases, itchy eyes can be caused by food, animal, or environmental allergies. It is generally called “allergic conjunctivitis”. The fact of simply touched or being exposed to a cat, a dog, a plant can provoke itchy eyes.

Solution: you can take antihistamines like Zyrtec or Claritin, or use allergy eye drops in order to calm the allergic response and ease itching.

  1. DRY EYE

Someone has dry eyes when the person doesn’t have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye (it is more frequent in older adults).

Solution: the dry eye is a chronic condition that needs to be treated daily by using artificial tears and avoiding redness-reducing eye drops.

  1. PINK EYE

When your eye itchiness is paired with a pink or red color around the eye, it is better to see an eye doctor.

Solution: You will need to take some antibiotics.

  1. IRRITATING PRODUCTS

Some products can contain chemicals which can lead to irritation or itchy eyes (for examples makeup products).

Solution: opt for hypoallergenic cosmetics.

  1. DIGITAL EYE FATIGUE

Nowadays, with all the digital interfaces, we are more susceptible to digital eye strain. It can stress out your eyes and cause itchiness, fatigue, headaches, difficulty focusing, and potentially impact your vision long-term.

Solution: use the 20-20-20 rule. Look at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes of digital device use.

  1. SOMETHING IN YOUR EYE

Having a foreign object in your eye can cause itchiness, irritation, and pain.

Solution: don’t scratch at the foreign object as it can really get worse! Use eye drops or flush it out with water.

7. CONTACT LENS

Wearing contact lenses daily can also cause itchy eyes.