You’re outside, enjoying another lovely spring day when suddenly your nose starts to run and your eyes begin to itch and turn as red as those lovely roses you recently admired. The pollen affected your eyes and sinuses. Our knowledgeable optometrists, Mital Patel, OD, Mark Machen, OD, and Ashley Swalla, OD, at Classic Vision Care in Kennesaw and Marietta, Georgia, pinpoint the exact cause of your issues and get you on the road to recovery fast. Here are four reasons you develop red, itchy eyes.
Our doctors decipher whether your reaction is caused by an allergy or infection. Seasonal or other allergies come from a variety of causes, such as:
- Air pollution
- Dry air
Chemicals in chlorinated pools and showers can also cause redness. Decide whether the irritation is due to an indoor or outdoor issue. Indoor allergies from pet dander, mold, or dust mites can be helped with air purifiers, frequent vacuuming, professional mold removal, and more. If outdoor pollutants aggravate the issue, keep your windows shut during heavy pollen days.
Dr. Patel and our team examine your eyes for issues such as conjunctivitis, an inflammatory infection of your eyelid’s transparent membrane (conjunctiva). We may prescribe eye drops and/or antihistamines or recommend you see an allergist for further assistance.
2. Contact lenses
Contact lenses can dry out your eyes, causing them to become itchy and red. The simplest solution is replacing them with glasses. Soft lenses are made from plastic mixed with water, which allows oxygen to pass through the lens into your eye. Simply switching to a different lens or wearing contacts less often may relieve some of your symptoms.
Bloodshot eyes may be due to eyestrain. Glance away from the computer screen frequently. We can prescribe special glasses to use with the computer. Outside, UV rays from sunlight can damage your eyes. Wear sunglasses with UV protection whenever you’re outside during the day. And, don’t forget to blink often to moisturize your eyes.
4. Medical conditions
Conditions, such as Sjögren’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis, cause dry eyes. Dandruff can also produce blepharitis, inflaming your eyelids, prompting redness and itching.
Dr. Patel and our team examine your eyes for these conditions and others to devise the proper treatment of red, itchy eyes.
How to ease eye problems at home
If you’re experiencing extensive redness or irritation, It’s important we examine your eyes. There are also things you can do at home in the meantime.
- Apply cold compresses to your eyes. Use chamomile tea bags or cold cucumbers to enhance healing.
- Consume omega-3’s from fatty fish and other sources to help lubricate your eyes and reduce inflammation.
- Soak cotton pads in rose water and place them on your eyelids to chase away redness.
Check with our doctors to discover whether the redness and itching is due to a virus, bacterial infection, allergy or other issue.
Relief is on the way
The answer may simply entail a slight change in lifestyle, such as switching from contacts to glasses or applying special drops as needed. We can also see if an infection is the culprit. If you’re suffering from dry, itchy eyes or simply desire to schedule your yearly exam, call us or book an appointment online with Classic Vision Care today.
You Might Also Enjoy…
Trying to decide between wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses? Consider all the factors, including comfort, ease, and appearance. We’ve compiled a list of pros and cons to help you see your way through this significant decision.
No doubt you always have your favorite shades close by all summer. But sunglasses protect your eyes all year long, even during darker winter months. Learn how they shield your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays any time of year.
Astigmatism causes a variety of symptoms ranging from blurred vision to eye discomfort and pressure. Understand how a comprehensive eye exam can pinpoint the cause of your symptoms and get your sight back on track.
Could you be at risk for glaucoma? The short answer is that everyone, especially seniors, is at risk for glaucoma. Learn how to lessen your odds of losing your sight through early detection and treatment.
5 Steps to Prevent Diabetic Eye Disease People with diabetes are more vulnerable to certain eye diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. Learn what steps you can take to slow their progression and potentially avoid them in the first place.
If you need vision correction, contact lenses are a popular option. If you’re simply tired of your glasses or just looking to see the world more clearly, discover whether contact lenses may be the perfect fit for you.