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Itchy Eye TreatmentHouston, TX

With a number of factors that can cause temporary itchy eyes, there are conditions that can cause the eyes to itch more frequently. While store-bought options can provide temporary relief, professional treatment can help to find a long-term solution. Itchy eye treatment can bring fast relief for symptoms while also helping to identify the cause of the irritation in the patient's eyes.

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Why you might need itchy eye treatment

Itchy eye treatment is offered at Vision Corner Uptown in Houston and the surrounding area. Since the base of the eyelid is prone to irritation, this condition is more common than people realize. With an exam at our practice, Dr. Sophia W. Barnes, O.D. can help you receive the treatment you need.

If you are suffering from itchy or irritated eyes, call us and schedule an appointment today.

Also referred to as ocular pruritus, there are several factors in one's health and environment that can cause itching in the eyes. Possible causes can include:

1. Allergies

Allergies are the most common cause of itchy eyes. An allergen that irritates the person's eyes, like animal dander or pollen, leads to the release of histamines. This can lead to irritation, swelling and redness of the person's eyes/eyelids.

Eye allergies can be perennial or seasonal. The latter is also known as allergic conjunctivitis and typically occurs during the fall and spring months. It is caused by high pollen counts. Perennial allergies can affect a person all year long and are often the result of allergens like dust and mold.

Products like lotion, contact lens solution or makeup can also introduce the allergen to the patient's eyes.

2. Dry eye syndrome

A person might also require itchy eye treatment due to Meibomian gland dysfunction, commonly known as dry eye syndrome. The person's tear ducts fail to produce enough tears to properly moisturize their eyes. Thus, the eyes become dryer than they should. This usually leads to redness and itchy eyes.

3. Eye disease or infection

An eye infection like red eyes can also lead to itchy eyes. The main cause of an infection such as red eye is coming into contact with a number of bacteria and viruses. Treating the underlying issue often brings relief to the irritation and any other symptoms associated with the eye disease.

Diagnosing eye allergies

We will talk to the patient about their symptoms and how long their eyes have been experiencing the irritation. We will also go over the patient's medical and family history. Based on the findings, we might decide to perform other tests and examinations until we can make an accurate diagnosis.

Treatment options for itchy eyes include:

  • Using artificial tears to lubricate the eyes and prevent dryness
  • Using a clean, damp, cold cloth to soothe the eyes
  • Using prescription eye drops or oral medication to prevent further issues

The condition typically goes away once we address the underlying issue. Medications commonly prescribed to deal with itchy eyes include antihistamines, decongestants, allergy shots and antibiotics.

Rubbing the eyes will not help

Rubbing your eyes when you have itchy eyes may only make things worse. It can lead to the release of more histamines, which can then lead to more irritation and inflammation. If you know what triggers your allergies, try avoiding them.

If the itching seems to persist, then call us at (713) 357-6195 and schedule an appointment. We can find a medication that is specific to what is causing the irritation in the first place.

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Vision Corner Uptown is located at
4725 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX
77027

(713) 357-6195