Dry Eyes

Itchy Eyes

Itchy Eyes Introduction:

There are different parts of your eyes that may cause itchiness.  The tear ducts (technically called puncta) are found on your upper and lower eyelids in the inner corners of your eyes.  There are also small glands in the pink section (lacrimal caruncle) in the inner corners of your eyes.  These produce oil that protects the surface of your eyes.  In this article we’ll discuss some of the causes of itchy eyes, and how Chinese Medicine can help.

Causes of Itchy Eyes:

If you suffer from itchy eyes, it could be due to a number of different causes.  Here are some of the possible causes of eye itchiness.

Something in Your Eye:

Itchy eyes are not always caused by a problem with your eyes themselves.  Sometimes you might just have a small speck of dirt or an eyelash stuck in your eye.  Gently rinsing your eyes with water might help to get the offending object out of your eye.

Contact Lenses:

Wearing contact lenses could lead to eye problems like itchy or dry eyes.  This is more likely to happen if you wear contact lenses for long periods of time, or if you don’t clean them enough.

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Allergens like mould, dust, pollen, and cigarette smoke may all trigger allergic reactions.  This can result in itchy, red, or puffy eyes.


If your tear ducts get infected you may have dacryocystitis.  The tear ducts in the inner corner of your eyes allow tears to drain into your nose.  If these tear ducts get infected, or blocked by nasal polyps or traumas, you may experience itchy eyes.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction:

In your upper and lower eyelids there are glands called meibomian glands.  These glands produce the oily layer of tears.  If your meibomian glands stop functioning properly you could get itchy, dry, or sore eyes.

Pink Eye:

Pink eye (technically called conjunctivitis) can occur when you get a bacterial or viral infection, or an allergic reaction.  If you have pink eye you could experience symptoms like:

  • crusty eyes when you wake up in the morning
  • Pus-like discharge from the corners of your eyes
  • Puffy eyelids
  • Itchy eyes

How Can Chinese Medicine Help?

If you’d like a natural treatment option for itchy eyes, Chinese Medicine could work for you!  Most modern medicine treatments involve suppressing your symptoms, but Chinese Medicine is different.  In Chinese Medicine, your practitioner will identify the underlying cause of symptoms such as itchy eyes.  That way, they can treat you by healing the root cause of your condition.

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For example, many of us suffer from health problems due to organ imbalances.  This could mean you have a weak organ, or perhaps one of your organs is working too strongly.  Since all your organs are interconnected, this can cause symptoms in other areas of your body.

Your liver and gallbladder are two important organs.  While they control the detoxification process, and maintain your nerves and joints, these two organs are also important for eye health.  This means that having an imbalance of your liver or gallbladder can make you more likely to get eye problems like itchy eyes.

Once your Chinese Medicine practitioner has identified your underlying health issues, they can treat you using special techniques including acupuncture and Chinese herbs.  You will receive your own individualised treatment, since everyone has a unique body and health situation.  For best recovery results, your treatment will also be adjusted as your health improves.

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Itchy eyes may be a minor concern, but sometimes they can interfere a lot with your life.  How itchy eyes affect you will depend on what’s causing your symptoms.  Causes of itchy eyes range from wearing contact lens or getting something stuck in your eye, to other conditions like pink eye or dacryocystitis.  Luckily, Chinese Medicine can help treat your itchy eyes.  And the awesome thing about Chinese Medicine is that it heals your symptoms by treating the underlying health problems in your body.  This gives you an excellent holistic path to healing.

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