Itchy eyes, technically called ocular pruritus, can be caused by factors like eyestrain, allergies, and infections. They can also be caused by conditions like blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid). To help you relieve this irritating condition, we’ve posted this short article about treatment options for itchy eyes. Read on to find out more about itchy eyes and how to treat them.
Diagnosis of Itchy Eyes:
The cause of your eye itchiness can usually be diagnosed by a physical exam at your doctor. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history and may conduct a patch test to see if you have allergies. Finding out the cause of your condition will help your doctor to prescribe treatment for your itchy eyes.
Home Remedies for Itchy Eyes:
If your eyes are getting itchy because of eyestrain, you could try practising the 20-20-20 rule. This involves taking a break from eye-taxing activities like computer work every 20 minutes. To help your eyes relax, gaze gently about 20 feet into the distance for 20 seconds.
If you suffer from blepharitis, try cleaning your eyes and eyelids regularly with water. You could also apply a warm compress if a crust has formed around your eyelids.
To help relieve eye itchiness caused by allergies, try to identify possible allergens. Keep an eye on when you experience the itchiness, and if it comes and goes depending on your location. Once you know what’s triggering your reaction you can take steps to avoid the allergen.
Funnily enough, tea bags may also help soothe itchy eyes! Soak two tea bags in hot water, then squeeze out the excess water and place them over your closed eyelids. You can apply them when they are either warm or cool, but not when they’re boiling hot!
Treatment for Itchy Eyes:
If your eye irritation doesn’t get better with home remedies, you might like to try some other treatments.
To treat eye allergies, oral antihistamines, artificial tears, and eye drops are all generally available at your local pharmacy. For more severe symptoms, your doctor may suggest taking allergy shots, or stronger medications like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), corticosteroids, or mast cell stabilisers. Be sure to talk with your doctor before taking any medications, as they often come with the risk of side effects. Oral antihistamines may dry out your eyes, which could make them even itchier!
To treat itchy eyes that are caused by bacterial infections, you could also try taking antibiotics.
How Can I Prevent Itchy Eyes?
You may be wondering, “How can I avoid getting itchy eyes in the first place?” Here are five useful tips to help avoid itchy eyes:
- Only read in a well-lit room and wear glasses or contact lenses if you need to
- Avoid looking at screens for long periods of time
- Remove makeup by washing your face properly before sleeping
- Try to avoid spending time in smoky, windy, or pollen-rich environments
- Always wash your hands after touching pets, and before touching your eyes
How Can Chinese Medicine Help?
If you’d like a safe, natural, and effective treatment for itchy eyes, come along to Centre of Balance! Our friendly, experienced practitioners can treat your itchy eyes with techniques from Traditional Chinese Medicine, like acupuncture and Chinese herbs. While treatments like medications may suppress your symptoms and potentially cause harmful side effects, Chinese Medicine gets to the underlying cause of your condition.
Often, our symptoms arise due to an imbalance in our organs. The liver and gallbladder are two important organs that control the detoxification process, and maintain our joints, tendons, and nerves. But the liver and gallbladder also play a big role in eye health! So, to heal itchy eyes, your Chinese Medicine practitioner will firstly make sure that your liver and gallbladder are functioning properly.
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Overall, having itchy eyes may not be the most disastrous condition in the world. But it can make life pretty uncomfortable and annoying! Home remedies like warm compresses, cleaning your eyes regularly, and placing tea bags on your eyes may all provide some relief, depending on what’s causing your itchy eyes. There are also medications available like antihistamines and antibiotics, as well as eye drops and artificial tears. However, we recommend Chinese Medicine for treating itchy eyes. This is because Chinese Medicine uses natural and effective methods to heal your body, starting from the underlying cause of your condition..