Understanding Itchy Eyes
Few things are more irritating than an itch you can’t scratch, and itchy eyes are definitely a pain. Rubbing them only makes the problem worse. So learning what causes itchy eyes is the key to finding relief.
All About Itchy Eyes
It’s easy to tell what the symptoms of itchy eyes are, because—wait for it—they itch. But you may also experience:
itchy eyelids, especially at the base of the lashes
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Causes of Itchy Eyes
Itchy eye causes include:
seasonal and perennial allergies to things like pollen, dust, and pet dander
Other, non-allergy causes may include:
dry eyes (if your eyes are both itchy and burning)
bacteria (if your eyes are red and inflamed)
wearing contacts for too long
Itchy Eye Relief
Ways to help relieve itchy eyes include:
applying a clean, cold compress directly over your eyes
eye drops for itchy eyes like VISINE-A.C.®
For more serious cases of itchy eyes, or if your itchy eyes persist, consult with your eye doctor to determine the most effective remedy.
Maybe your eyes are itchy and they're starting to turn a shade of pink. Could it be an infection, you wonder? Your doctor can make the final call, but there are key signs to watch for that can give you clues.
An infection in your eye can show up in many different ways. A lot depends on which part of your eye has the problem. For instance, you can get symptoms in your:
Cornea (clear surface that covers the outside of your eye)
Conjunctiva (thin, moist area that covers the inside of the eyelids and outer layer of your eye)
Symptoms of an Eye Infection
You may have symptoms in one or both eyes when you have an infection. Look out for this kind of trouble:
How your eye feels. You may notice problems like:
Pain or discomfort
Feeling that something's on or in your eye
Eye hurts when it's bright (light sensitivity)
Burning in your eyes
Small, painful lump under your eyelid or at the base of your eyelashes
Eyelid is tender when you touch it
Eyes won't stop tearing up
Irritation in your eyes
With rainy season comes raining various Infections also. Most of these infections are not home curable which means, an appointment with the doctor. One such common infections are the viral infection of the eye called the eye flu. It is a condition when a person has sore eyes.
A highly contagious disease, conjunctivitis is the swollenness or inflammation caused in the conjunctiva, a thin membrane which coats the front of the eyes. Though eye flu can affect people of all age but it’s more common among children.
Eye flue is an eye diseases also known as viral conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis can occur in epidemics caused by one of the viruses responsible for the common cold. The condition may also be triggered chemicals found in eye drops, cosmetics, or contact lens solution.
Some facts about eye flu:
• The disease is caused by virus infection like adenovirus, herpes, simples virus, myxovirus and pox virus.
• The disease is highly infectious, so if somebody around you is infected there is high risk of you getting infected. So take proper care in order to avoid the infection.
• There is a myth that the disease spreads just by looking into the eyes of an infected person. But this is not true.
• If somebody touches the infected eyes the fingers get infected and if these fingers come in contact of other person's eyes he may get infected.
• One may also get infected from a swimming pool also.
Symptoms of Eye Flu:
• Red, swollen eyes.
• Watery discharge from eyes.
• Severe itching in eyes and/or pain in eyes.
• The blurring of vision.
• Lid Swelling.
• Feeling of discomfort.
Prevention of eye flu:
• Avoid going to swimming pool which has regular chlorination of water.
• Avoid shaking hands esp. with the infected person. Wash your hand with soap after handshake with an infected person.
• Clean your eyes with clean water 2-3 times a day.
• Don't use a common towel or handkerchief.
Treatment of eye flu:
• Wear dark goggles.
• Use anti-allergic eye drops three to four times a day.
• Close your eyes and apply ice wrapped in a cloth over the eyelids.
• The disease is usually self-limiting and normally goes away in around three days.
Home Remedy for Conjunctivitis:
• One of the effective remedies for curing conjunctivitis is to mix 2 tsp. chamomile flowers and 1 tsp Oregon grape root in 2 cups of boiling water. Once cooled, strain this mixture and use it as an eyewash.
• Sliced potatoes would also be beneficial in curing conjunctivitis. Peel the potato and cut it into thin slices. Apply on the affected area of the eye.
• Prepare a tea using goldthread leaves and use it as an eye wash. Not only does it cure the swollenness caused and the infection, it also relieves a person of the pain.
• An excellent eyewash for treating conjunctivitis would be to prepare a decoction using a handful of dried coriander in 60 ml of water. It relieves a person of the pain and lessens the swelling as well.
Eye Discharge can be categorized by various things as follows
Yellow or green discharge (pus) in the eye
The eyelids are stuck (matted) together with pus after sleep
After being wiped away, the pus comes back during the day
Often caused by a bacterial eye infection
Causes of Eye with Pus
Bacterial Conjunctivitis. This is a bacterial infection of the eye. The main symptom is eyelids stuck together with pus after sleep. Can be present in 1 or both eyes. A few viruses can cause pus in the eyes, but most don't.
Viral Conjunctivitis. This is a viral infection of the eyes. Main symptom is pinkness of the white parts of the eyes. The eyes are also watery. Most often, there is no pus. Usually on both sides.
Normal Discharge. A small amount of dried mucus only in the corner of the eye. It may not even be pus. A collection of mucus can be cream colored. Often due to an irritant that got in the eye from dirty hands. Needs no treatment except wiping it away with warm water.
Blocked Tear Duct. Present in 10% of newborns. The main symptom is a constant watery eye. Tears fill the eye and run down the face. This happens even when not crying. The eye is not red and the eyelid is not swollen. The wet eye may get secondary infections. This will cause the eyelids to become matted with pus.
Foreign Object in Eye (Serious). Small particles such as sand, dirt or sawdust can be blown into the eyes. The grit often gets stuck under the upper eyelid. If not removed, the eye reacts by producing pus. The main clue is an eye infection that does not respond to antibiotic eyedrops. Older children complain of feeling something in the eye.
Eyelid Cellulitis (Serious). This is a deep infection of the eyelid and tissues around it. The main symptom is a red, swollen, very tender eyelid. The eye can be swollen shut. Usually only on one side. This can be a problem caused by bacterial conjunctivitis. The eye infection spreads inward. More commonly this is caused by an ethmoid sinus infection. That type occurs without any pus in the eye.
Symptoms of Bacterial Eye Infection
Yellow or green discharge or pus in the eye
Dried pus on the eyelids and eyelashes
The eyelashes are more likely to be stuck together after sleep
The whites of the eye may or may not be red or pink
The eyelids are often puffy