Itchy eyes are a common problem… especially during allergy season. But there are other causes of itchy eyes. It’s important to establish the cause, because that is what will determine the appropriate treatment.
Non-Allergy Conditions that Cause Itchy Eyes
Some conditions that lead to itchy eyes are:
- conjunctivitis (commonly known as pink eye)
- blepharitis (irritated eyelids)
- and dry eyes
Further complicating accurate diagnosis and treatment is that there are subtypes within these conditions. For example, conjunctivitis may be caused by a virus, bacteria, contact lens use, or allergies.
Determining the Cause of Your Itchy Eyes
In order to determine the cause of a patient’s itchy eye or eyes, seek out an eye doctor to do a thorough examination. He or she will ask questions to diagnose the cause of your itchiness, such as:
- Did the itchiness come on quickly or slowly?
- Does the patient wear contact lenses?
- Is the itchiness seasonal?
- Do the eyes water?
- Do the eyes burn?
- Does the patient have allergies, asthma, skin rashes or eczema?
- Does the patient feel like some object may be stuck in the eye or eyes?
- Do situations such as exposure to cats, dogs, or pollen seem to trigger itchiness?
- Has the patient recently started using any new products near the eyes such as soap or makeup?
As you can see by this extensive list, there are a variety of factors that may or may not be contributing to your itchy eyes, and it’s important for a professional to get to the root cause.
The Bottom Line
When your itchy eyes are interfering with your quality of life, it’s time to see an eye doctor.
If you’re suffering from itchy eyes in the central New Jersey area, contact Dr. Scharfman for an appointment – he’ll help you determine the cause of your itchy eyes and treat your condition.